Paying for Day Care with Child Support

shutterstock_11544901In New York State, there are a number of add-ons to Child Support. Mandatory add-ons include day care expenses. Often, the custodial parent makes arrangement for the provision of day care for the children, and each party pays a percentage of that day care expense each week or month. The proportion paid by each parent is based upon their respective incomes. If each parent earns $50,000 per year, they pay an equal amount. If one parent earns $90,000 a year and the other earns $10,000 a year, the parent earning $90,000 will pay 90 percent of the cost of the day care expense. We are often asked tax questions, in regards to day care, because there can be a tax credit for the payment of day care expenses. That is a question best directed to your accountant. If your accountant tells you that you must pay that expense directly to obtain the tax benefit, then you will make arrangements to do so.

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This informational blog post was provided by Jean Mahserjian, an experienced New York Child Support Attorney.