Dependent care FSA is capped at $5000 annually and I use this entirely.

The annual child care credit is $3000.

If my expenses are over $8000, can I utilize both of these in the same calendar year?

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No. It's either/or. For those who are able to take the credit, the math usually favors that option.

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    In my situation my effective tax bracket is ~30% and our household combined income is ~$140,000. We have one child. Unless I've done some math wrong the cost favors the FSA.
    – Matthew
    Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 3:18

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