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Interest, Dividends, Other Types of Income - Employee Reimbursements, Form W–2, Wage Inquiries

  1. Should box 10, Dependent Care Benefits, of my Form W-2 be included when calculating my income?

Rev. date: 12/21/2012

Should box 10, Dependent Care Benefits, of my Form W-2 be included when calculating my income?

The information shown in box 10 of your W-2 is the total amount of dependent care benefits that your employer paid to you or incurred on your behalf. Any amount over $5,000 ($2,500 in the case of a separate return filed by a married individual) is also included in box 1. You may be able to exclude these benefits from your income.