Dependent Care Tax Credit for Care of Elderly Parents

The short answer is maybe. Every year more and more homes house several generations. The return to multiple generations living under the same roof is because we are living longer and the cost of senior care is skyrocketing to the point that many families simply can not afford the cost of assisted living or nursing home care. The result is role reversal where the parent is now dependent on the child.

This change in household dynamic is causing many taxpayers to ask if their aging parents are deductible and if so how. The IRS offers the Qualifying Relative Exemption which has 5 basic rules that must be met in order to qualify:

You or your spouse may not be a dependent on another return.

Your parent(s) may not file a joint return.

They must be a citizen resident alien of the U.S., Canada or Mexico.

You must have provided more than half their support for the year.

They must have a gross income that is within the exemption limit

For federal tax purposes Social Security is not considered taxable income, this is especially true if it is the only source of income they have. Now that your parent qualifies as your dependent you can add their medical expenses to your own for the purpose of qualifying for the medical expense deduction. Minimums apply and are based on your income so be sure to check the rules.

Head of Household may be available to you if you are not or were not married for the tax year according to IRS regulations and you paid more than half of your parents household expenses. This applies even if your qualifying dependent parent does not live with you.

Physical or mental disability can occur at any age and if you parent becomes disabled and they qualify as your dependent you may be able to take advantage of the Dependent Care Credit. There are regulations that apply; “An individual who was physically or mentally incapable of self-care had the same principal place of abode as you for more than half of the year, and was your dependent” Unlike the Qualifying Relative Exemption your parents filing status, income or whether you are a dependent on another return does not matter.

Working or looking for work require time away from home which probably means paying for care for your disabled parent and the Dependent Care Credit. This credit is usually a percentage of your cost of required care, that which you paid a care provider. Naturally there are rules; the care provider cant be your spouse, your child under the age of 19, or yourself. You will also be required to provide the name of the provider and either their tax id number or social security number.

Be sure to check the IRS website for updates, rule and eligibility changes before completing your return. Still confused contact a reputable CPA with the details about your particular situation.

ComForcare Franchise Partners with NPDA to Provide Client-Centered Home Care Services

Streamwood, IL, October, 2012 – ComForcare of Northwest Suburbs in Streamwood IL, is proud to announce they are a member of the National Private Duty Association (NPDA). The NPDA partners with private home care agencies, and companies that offer home care aides, companion care, homemaking assistance, and other supplemental elderly care services to offer trusted and reliable caregiver information.

-The NPDA was founded on the principles of providing high quality private duty home care, and we are pleased to support that cause,- says ComForcare owner, Bryan Ernst. -At ComForcare, our practices reflect their model to employ, train, and supervise caregivers and to create a unique care plan for each of our clients in order to offer a safe, healthy, and independent lifestyle for them in the comfort of their own home.-

As a member of NPDA, ComForcare commits to employ trained caregivers and assume all responsibility for the payroll and related tax information to protect the client and provide the highest level of care. NPDA members also stand together to with the opinion that people should be able to age safely in place at home to the extent possible according to their desires and permitted by their resources. They also champion measures at both federal and state levels to promote home care quality and affordability.

To accomplish these goals, ComForcare offers affordable part-time and full-time home care services for clients on an individual basis to meet their specific needs. As an industry leader, ComForcare has been recognized for its exceptional client-centered transition of care program and relationship-based home care services. ComForcare uses a rigorous 10-step hiring process to ensure all caregivers meet the highest professional, education, and experience requirements in order to provide trusted, reliable, and compassionate care.

About ComForcare Home Care ComForcare began in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1996 as a company dedicated to establishing a new standard in the quality of non-medical home care. After perfecting the winning formula, ComForcare began franchising. They are one of the fastest growing franchises in the country with more than 135 franchise owners who operate 150 territories throughout the United States and in Canada and the U.K. Each independently owned and operated ComForcare office offers elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving our services.

ComForcare Home Care 2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 248-745-9700