Do you need someone to watch your young children during the summer months while you work? The full amount paid to a household worker can qualify for the dependent care credit even if the worker does other chores.
The maximum credit is generally $600 for one child; $1,200 for two or more children. So giving a housekeeper a few extra bucks a week can be worthwhile.
Caveat: The expenses must enable you to be gainfully employed.