DCAAccount 2012 Tax Savings Calculator

Use this form to calculate your potential tax savings by enrolling in a DCAAccount in 2012, as compared to the Federal dependent care tax credit.  You will need your 2010 Federal and State Tax returns to use this form.
  Note: All items are required to perform this tax savings comparison
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1.  Choose your place of residence:

2.  Enter the Number of Qualifying Dependents:

A Qualifying Dependent is a child under age 13, disabled spouse or other dependent, or elderly parent. A Qualifying Dependent must live with you at least 8 hours a day.

3.  Enter Your Expected 2012 Qualifying Expenses:

For tax year 2012, the Federal tax credit can be used up to $2,400 for the care of one dependent and up to $4,800 for two or more dependents. The DCAAccount and the credit can be combined, but the total cannot exceed $2,400 for one dependent ($4,800 for two or more dependents). Or, you can use just the DCAAccount for up to $5,000, regardless of the number of dependents you claim.

4.  Enter Your Expected 2012 Qualifying Expenses for Dependents Under Age 4:

For tax year 2012, enter the portion of your total expenses from (3) above that will be for dependents under the age of 4

5.  Choose your tax filing status:

6.  Enter your State Salary & Wages as of January 1, 2012:

7.  Enter your Federal Adjusted Gross Income (FAGI) from your 2010 Federal Tax Return (From 2010 Form 1040, Line 37; 1040A, Line 21; 1040EZ, Line 4)1 or Estimated 2012 FAGI:

8.  Enter your New York Adjusted Gross Income (NYAGI) from your 2010 New York State Tax Return (From 2010 Form IT-201, Line 33; IT-150, Line 21)1 or Estimated 2012 NYAGI:

9.  Enter your Federal Taxable Income (FTI) from your 2010 Federal Tax Return (From 2010 Form 1040, Line 43; 1040A, Line 27; 1040EZ, Line 6)1 or Estimated 2012 FTI:

10.  Enter Your New York Taxable Income (NYTI) from Your 2010 Year New York State Tax Return (From 2010 Form IT-201, Line 37; IT-150, Line 25)1 or Estimated 2012 NYTI:
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1If you participated in the DCAAccount program during the tax year from which these data are taken, be sure to increase this amount by any excluded amount.


Federal - Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov)
  • Publication 503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses; and
  • Form 2441 Child and Dependent Care Expenses (attached to Form 1040) or Form 1040A Schedule 2 Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers.
New York State - New York State Department of Taxation & Finance (www.tax.ny.gov)
Accuracy Statement

The information contained here in does not constitute tax advice. Amounts shown are maximum benefits. Actual benefits may vary depending on the taxpayer's particular situation. Estimates are based on income and expense data provided by the applicant and Tax Laws in effect as of July 1, 2011. For more accurate information on your specific situation, please consult your tax advisor.

A Note About Refundable Tax Benefits

The New York State Child and Dependent Care Credit is refundable. This means that taxpayers receive any credit amount in excess of New York State tax liability in the form of a cash rebate. However, the Federal Child and Dependent Care Credit is not refundable. As a result, taxpayers cannot benefit from any credit amount in excess of their Federal tax liability. Contributions to the NYS Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) benefit taxpayers to the extent that they have taxable income to offset. In practical terms, most low and moderate income taxpayers receive a greater tax benefit by claiming the Federal and New York State child and dependent care tax credits.


Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor