Childcare expenese not appearing on return?

Both myself and my husband have seperate returns, however, my children only appear as dependents on my husband's return. With regards to child expenses, how would I be able to claim it if they do not appear on my return? (I am the one earning the lower income).

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Since you are the spouse with the lower net income before expenses you can claim the child care expenses. You will need to add the dependants to your return.

  1. n the Intro section, on the Do you have children or financially support another person screen, select Yes, I do have children or financially support another person.
  2. Enter your dependant(s) information, click Add, and then click Continue.
  3. On the Tell us more about your dependants screen, select Yes to the question: Did you pay for someone to look after your child so you could earn income, go to school, or conduct research in [year]?
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Continue through the EasyStep Interview until you get to the Dependants section.
  6. On the Did you pay for child care? screen, click Yes.
  7. Click Enter New Receipt, enter your child care receipt details, and then click Continue.

Note that child care expenses must be claimed by the spouse with the lower net income before expenses except in the following situations:

  • The other supporting person attended school part-time or full-time;
  • The other supporting person was incapable of caring for children because of mental or physical infirmity;
  • The other supporting person was in prison for at least two weeks; or
  • You were separated from the other supporting person.

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