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Child Dependency Exemptions and Child Daycare Tax credit not mutually exclusive

Tax considerations in child support and custody matters. In a recent opinion, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District recently recently clarified the distinction between dependency exemptions and child care tax credits. The trial court awarded Husband the right to claim the federal dependency exemptions for the minor children but also gave Wife credit for daycare expenses less the child care tax credit. On appeal, the Wife complained that she will not receive a child care tax credit because the court allowed Husband to claim the children as dependency exemptions on his tax returns. The Court of Appeals clarified that she may claim the child care tax credit even though Husband is claiming the dependency exemptions. The two are not mutually exclusive. The entire opinion can be read here: