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At-A-Glance Child Care Tax Document and Resource Center

Child Care Tax Center

Baby with Blue ShoesPublication 587 – Business Use of Your Home (See Day Care Facility)
The purpose of this publication is to provide information on figuring and claiming the deduction for business use of your home. It contains special rules for day care providers including standard meal and snack rates. Continue reading

Track your hours BEFORE and AFTER children are present


Before and After Hour ChecklistYour job starts well before children are present and goes on well after the last child has left your care.

Unfortunately, it is exactly for that reason that so much of your time never gets counted, as it should.

Most child care providers give an approximate idea of how long they spent doing “chores”.

Unfortunately, many “lo-ball” on the actual amount of time they spend doing chores before and after children are present.  We believe this checklist will help you.

First, don’t think of it as an administrative chore.  That makes it “work”.  Instead think of it as truly getting to see how well you manage your time – in real numbers.  You will either discover that you know your day down to the minute, or you will discover you don’t and have shortchanged yourself.

Click HERE to download a word version of this checklist, that you can customize to your specifications.  Click HERE for a pdf version.



Exceptions to the In-Home Exclusive Use Rule

You may be able to deduct the business expenses for that part of your home even if you use the same space for non-business purposes.

To qualify for this exception to the exclusive use rule, you must meet both of the following requirements.  Continue reading

How Will the Affordable Care Act Impact Child Care Professionals

Health Care ReformChild care professionals without health insurance can enroll to purchase insurance through their state health care exchanges.

Registration will continue until March 31, 2014. Insurance coverage will begin on January 1, 2014.

Those Not Affected
If you are already covered by health insurance through your spouse’s employer, or you are currently on Medicare or Medicaid, you do not have to do anything. You will keep your current insurance coverage and do not have to sign up to purchase different health insurance. Continue reading

Guide to Visits, Inspections and Interviews

Family Child Care Guide to Visits, Inspections and InterviewsAs a family child care professional, you have to successfully interface and work with all of the other key players that are involved with the operation of your business – and the regulation of your business.

That includes all the people who visit your in-home business. The Guide is a quick read, loaded with information you can use at once.  It should be used as a reference book – the “how to” guide.

It is written in an engaging format, using case studies that illustrate the challenges that can occur, and what you can do to prepare for them (and handle them).

Family Child Care Guide to Visits, Inspections and Interviews