The summer has started and summer camp bills have been paid. Summer camp is a great way to keep our children busy and looked after while we are working. But it comes at a steep price. Summer camp costs are, on average, about $300 per week. And for our children who are graduating from high school, we are looking at college tuition fees coming due this August ranging from an average of $9,139 (for state residents at public colleges) to $31,231 (private college). There are some tax advantaged ways, though, to help pay these expenses.
The Child and Dependent Care Credit might be useful if a parent pays for camp for his or her children while working or looking for work. As the IRS points out in its Special Edition Tax Tip 2016-10
, for the expenses to qualify, certain conditions must be met: