Tax Breaks for Parents of Children With Disabilities

While there are no specific tax credits for parents of children with disabilities, caregivers might benefit from these other tax breaks.

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Raising children with disabilities can be expensive. For example, according to Autism Speaks, lifetime costs for people with Autism can run as high as $2.4 million, and raising dependents with other disabilities may cost even more. Adding a high tax bill to this already expensive cost can be a burden for families. And while the IRS doesn’t offer a special tax credit for children with special needs, some caregivers might be able to lower their tax bills by taking advantage of some of these tax breaks.

IRS rules for claiming children with disabilities 

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.