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

  1. Should I include the amount in box 10, Dependent Care Benefits, of my Form W-2 when calculating my income?

Rev. date: 12/18/2014

Should I include the amount in box 10, Dependent Care Benefits, of my Form W-2 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. You must complete Part III of Form 2441 (.pdf), Child and Dependent Care Expenses, to claim the exclusion. You cannot use Form 1040EZ (.pdf), Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents.