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Qualified dependent care expenses

To be considered qualified, dependents must meet the following criteria:

  • Children under the age of 13
  • A spouse who is physically or mentally unable to care for him/herself
  • Any adult you can claim as a dependent on your tax return that is physically or mentally unable to care for him/herself

Eligible expenses

  • Babysitter inside or outside household
  • Before and after school or extended day programs
  • Custodial childcare or eldercare expenses
  • Day camps
  • Daycare centers
  • Household employee whose services include care of a qualifying person
  • Late pick-up fees
  • Looking-for-work expenses
  • Nanny expenses
  • Preschool/nursery school for pre-kindergarten
  • Sick-child care center
  • Summer day camps

Ineligible expenses

  • Educational/tuition expenses
  • Expenses paid to child of participant
  • Field trip expenses
  • Food, clothing education or entertainment expenses
  • Household services
  • Incidental expenses
  • Overnight camps
  • Payments for care while on a leave of absence, or while on maternity, or other medical leave
  • Payments for care while you are on vacation or due to illness
  • Payment for services not yet provided
  • Payments for care where you are not the custodial parent



Remember to save all receipts, which are required for reimbursement and validation of expenses.

HealthEquity offers an easy-to-use Documentation Library that allows you to upload and store receipts within the member portal.