I am trying irs.gov website's withholding calculator. I am confused with this page:

page 2.

I have one minor child. Should I mention her as dependent here, "Select the number of dependents (other than yourself and your spouse ) you will claim on your tax return:" and also here "Select the number of eligible children: " ?

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These two questions are actually about two different things.

The first one is about dependents, the second one is about Child Tax Credit .

Your dependent child does not necessarily qualify for the child tax credit (notice the "eligible"). Also, your dependents don't have to be your children.


You can claim both the child tax credit and the child and dependent care credit (for the same child/children) on the same return if you qualify for both credits.

If your dependent qualifies for the child tax credit, go ahead and enter the number

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