"May I claim the day care expenses for my 1 year old daughter on the years I am not allowed to claim her as my exemption? Her father and I are no longer together and this year he gets to claim her on his taxes, yet I spent thousands of dollars on day care expenses for her this past year and would like to know if I can still write them off even though I cannot claim her."Generally, you can claim the Child Care Tax Credit only if you claim your child as a dependent. However, there is an exception for children of divorced or separated parents. If you are the custodial parent, then you can claim the child and dependent care tax credit even if the father is entitled to claim the dependent's exemption this year.
Here's the rules to help you determine if you can claim this valuable tax credit.
"Even if you cannot claim your child as a dependent, he or she is treated as your qualifying person if: