School’s out and the camp buses are lining up. Parents are looking over camp to-do lists at flashlight, batteries, stamps, envelopes, scuba tanks, tennis rackets. Check, check check. The list goes on. Scuba tanks?
It should all add up to a lot of tax breaks, since Americans spend $2,500 on average to send their kids to four weeks of camp, and far more than that for increasingly specialized kid kingdoms that offer deep dives into everything from fashion design to weight loss.
Disney Family.com lists on its ‘most unusual’ camps such specialties as spying, dinosaur study and paint ball. But even with camps that are focused on health and learning there is no certainty the experience will qualify parents for a tax break on that payment.
The best hope for tax help is to usechild-care tax credits to pay for camp. But if you do, keep in mind that sleep-away camps and kids over 13 will probably be disallowed. Some health-related camps might qualify if a doctor recommends it.