Family Are Overnight Camps Tax Deductible? Read the Article Open Share Drawer Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Written by Ginita Wall Published Mar 21, 2023 2 min read Reviewed by Katharina Reekmans, Enrolled Agent Ah, good old summertime – what a wonderful relaxing time of the year. Unless you have kids, of course, in which case there’s a whirlwind of activity in your house as soon as school is out. But then comes the blessed time of summer camp, when peace is restored for at least a few days. Although camp can be expensive, keep in mind that some of those expenses may be tax deductible. Here’s the scoop: If you send the kids away to the mountains for a week, you won’t garner a tax deduction since overnight camps and programs don’t qualify. Summer day camps, however, qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, as long as your child is under the age of 13 at the end of the tax year (no age limit if they are disabled) and you are sending your child to camp so you can work. The Child and Dependent Care Credit enables you to work or go to school, so if you have a spouse at home to care for the children, then no deduction for camp. But if you are single, or you and your spouse both work, cha-ching, you’ll qualify for the tax credit. Sending the kids into the backyard to camp out doesn’t qualify as camp. You have to make payment for camp to a real institution or person, and you must include their address and identifying number on your tax return. Your transportation costs to get the kids to the camp location won’t qualify for the credit. But if the cost of transportation to and from camp is included in the fees, and the camp picks up and delivers, sweet – that qualifies for the tax credit. Get started now So if you qualify, what is the tax credit worth? To begin, tax credits are more valuable than tax deductions, since credits reduce your tax bill dollar for dollar, so the tax savings add up quickly. The Child and Dependent Care Credit is worth up to 35%of what you spent on daycare up to the $ 3,000 limit for one child or up to the $6,000 limit for two or more kids. Your tax credit percentage depends on your adjusted gross income (AGI) so depending on your income, you may get a tax credit up to $1,050 for one child and up to $2,100 for two or more kids. Don’t worry about knowing these tax rules. Meet with a TurboTax Full Service expert who can prepare, sign and file your taxes, so you can be 100% confident your taxes are done right. Start TurboTax Live Full Service today, in English or Spanish, and get your taxes done and off your mind. Get started now Previous Post When Can You Claim a Tax Deduction for Health Insurance? Next Post Tax Documents Checklist: How to Win Big This Tax Season Written by Ginita Wall More from Ginita Wall 5 responses to “Are Overnight Camps Tax Deductible?” The gist is that it’s not day camp, it’s daycare/childcare. There is a drop off day camp near my office that is like this and would qualify. You are most likely to benefit if the kids do not already have some sort of daycare arrangement during the school year since if they do you will have other expenses already you can use to qualify. Reply The gist is that it’s not really camp/day camp, it childcare. This assumes you haven’t already used up your credits for the year. Reply Will Turbo Tax ask me about this when I’m doing my taxes, or is this something I’ll need to remember on my own? Last year I entered summer camp costs as daycare costs since it technically was daycare so I could work, is this the same thing? Reply So if my kids are sent to a week long overnight camp it isn’t tax deductible? It’s only for when it’s a day/ day by day camp? As in I pick them up and drop them off each day. Reply Hi Guy, Yes, that is correct. It is only for day camp and not overnight camps. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply Leave a ReplyCancel reply Browse Related Articles Family Fun in the Sun: Summer Day Camp Expenses May Qualify fo… Tax Tips How to Get a Tax Break for Summer Child Care Tax Deductions and Credits Here’s Tax Deductions And Credits You Can’t… Tax Deductions and Credits Writing Off Your Summer: Preparing For Next Tax Season Tax Deductions and Credits 10 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions and Credits Family Eight Tax Benefits for Parents Family How You Can Save Up To $2,100 on Summer Day Camp Family Is This Tax Deductible? Caring for a Loved One Family Your New Baby Can Bring You Joy and Savings Tax Deductions and Credits Are Medical Expenses Tax Deductible?