How do i claim daycare expenses but not the amount for children.

How do I claim daycare expenses without claiming the "amount for children".  It only allows me to select between mine or my spouses returns, however, it has already been claimed by the child's mother.

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First, make sure you are eligible to claim child care expenses in your situation:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns206-236/214/wh/menu-eng.html

If so, the child must be entered in the dependant information section in order to claim child care expenses, with all questions answered according to your situation. In particular in your case, make sure to answer "yes" to Dependant claimed on another return and "no" to Eligible dependant and Amount for children. This should allow you claim child care expenses without the credits or deductions being claimed by the child's mother. (Note that you can only claim the child care expenses that are not being claimed by anyone else, i.e. those paid by you while the child was in your care.)


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