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Childcare Credit, Other Credits - Child Tax Credit

  1. Can a noncustodial parent claim the child tax credit for his or her child?
  2. Can I claim both the child tax credit and the child and dependent care credit?

Rev. date: 10/29/2015

Can a noncustodial parent claim the child tax credit for his or her child?

The noncustodial parent can claim the child tax credit for a child only if he or she is allowed to claim the child’s dependency exemption and meets the requirements for claiming the child tax credit.
The noncustodial parent must also attach to his or her return a Form 8332, Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent, signed by the custodial parent.
For information on who qualifies for the credit and how to calculate it, see the Instructions for Form 1040 or Instructions for Form 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Rev. date: 01/15/2016

Can I claim both the child tax credit and the child and dependent care credit?

You can claim both the child tax credit and the child and dependent care credit on the same return if you qualify for both credits.