Proposals Regarding the Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit:
House Bill # Senate Bill# Bill Title Synopsis Sponsor(s) Last Action Current Status
 H.R. 1780 Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred for the care of a taxpayer’s dependent, to: (1) increase to $110,000, the adjusted gross income threshold level above which such credit is incrementally reduced; (2) increase the dollar limit on the allowable amount of such credit; (3) allow an inflation adjustment to the threshold amount and the maximum credit amounts, beginning after 2016; and (4) make such credit refundable. Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] 04/14/2015

 

Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
S.820 Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act of 2015 Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred for the care of a taxpayer’s dependent, to: (1) increase to $120,000, the adjusted gross income threshold level above which such credit is incrementally reduced; (2) increase the dollar limit on the allowable amount of such credit; (3) allow an inflation adjustment to the threshold amount and the maximum credit amounts, beginning after 2016; and (4) make such credit refundable.

 

Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] 03/19/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
 S. 74 Dependent Care Savings Account Act of 2015 Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) establish tax-exempt dependent care savings accounts to pay the employment-related expenses of caring for a dependent of the taxpayer, (2) allow a deduction from gross income (above-the-line deduction) of up to $5,000 in a taxable year for cash contributions to such accounts, (3) set forth rules for the tax treatment of account distributions and for excess contributions to an account, and (4) impose a tax on employers who fail to make comparable contributions to a dependent savings account for all participating employees.

 

Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA] 01/07/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
H.R.1720 Child and Dependent Care FSA Enhancement Act Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase to $7,500 the amount of employer-provided dependent care assistance that an employee may exclude from gross income. Allows an annual inflation adjustment to such increased amount after 2016. Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9] 03/26/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
S. 215 Child and Dependent Care FSA Enhancement Act Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase to $7,500 the amount of employer-provided dependent care assistance that an employee may exclude from gross income. Allows an annual inflation adjustment to such increased amount after 2016.

 

Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] 01/21/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
 H.R.2703 Right Start Child Care and Education Act of 2015 Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) increase the rates and maximum allowable amount of the tax credit for employer-provided child care facilities; (2) increase the eligibility threshold amount and rate of the household and dependent care tax credit and make such credit refundable; (3) allow a new $2,000 tax credit for child care providers who hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child care, or a related degree and who provide at least 1,200 hours of child care services in a taxable year; and (4) increase the tax exclusion for employer-provided dependent care assistance.

H.R.1492

Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act of 2015 Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the child tax credit, to require taxpayers claiming such credit to provide their social security numbers on their tax returns.

 

Prohibits taxpayers who improperly claimed such credit in a previous year from claiming such credit during a disallowance period of: (1) 2 years for claims made with reckless or intentional disregard of rules governing such credit, or (2) 10 years for fraudulent claims.

 

Requires the Department of the Treasury to prescribe a form for completion by paid income tax preparers in connection with claims for the refundable portion of the child tax credit. Imposes a penalty on preparers who fail to comply with due diligence requirements for claiming the refundable portion of the credit.

 

Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] 05/14/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R.1286 Child CARE Act This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred for the care of a taxpayer’s dependent, to: (1) make such credit refundable, (2) deny such credit for services provided outside the United States, (3) increase the dollar limit on the allowable amount of such credit and the percentage rate for qualified expenses, (4) deny such credit for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000 in a taxable year; and (5) allow an annual inflation adjustment to the threshold amount for reducing such credit and the maximum allowable credit amount, beginning after 2015.

The bill also allows a new tax credit for 50% of the child care educational expenses, up to a maximum of $1,000 in any taxable year, paid with respect to the operation of a qualified child care center.

Rep. Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4] 03/19/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
S. 661 Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the tax credit for employment-related expenses incurred for the care of a taxpayer’s dependent, to: (1) increase to $110,000, the adjusted gross income threshold level above which such credit is incrementally reduced; (2) increase the dollar limit on the allowable amount of such credit; (3) allow an inflation adjustment to the threshold amount and the maximum credit amounts, beginning after 2016; and (4) make such credit refundable.

 

Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] 03/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.