Can child daycare expenses be deducted on IL state taxes?

We're doing our own taxes and everything we've read has led us to believe that the answer is no, but just wanted to double-check to be absolutely sure.

  • Note you can get a federal tax credit though (either 20% or 35%) on expenses up to $3k for one child or $6k for more than one child.
    – TTT
    Mar 18, 2022 at 19:31

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You are correct in that child daycare expenses are not deductible from Illinois income that is subject to Illinois income tax. Some educational expenses for K-12 schooling can be deducted on Schedule M, but not daycare expenses.

  • Thank you so much, Dilip! So it's as we expected. Bummer. Thanks again.
    – Alina
    Mar 17, 2022 at 21:54
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  • Is that the opposite of Federal? Dec 13, 2022 at 2:12

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