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What foster child expenses can be subtracted from Maryland income?

Up to $1,500 of unreimbursed expenses that a foster parent incurs on behalf of a foster child can be subtracted from Maryland income.

To be eligible, the foster parent must be approved by a local department to provide 24-hour care for a foster child in the house where the foster parent resides. This includes kinship parents. The expenses must be approved as necessary by the local department of social services or the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and may not include an expense for which the foster parent receives an allowance or reimbursement from any public or private agency.

Please note that treatment foster parents licensed by a child placement agency aren't eligible to claim the subtraction.

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