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Tax Credit Requirements

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School Readiness Tax Credit Requirements for Teachers and Directors

Here’s great news for directors and teachers at Louisiana’s Quality Start Child Care Centers. If your center is participating in Quality Start, then you are eligible to apply for the SRTC. Eligible teachers and directors must meet all of the educational requirements (Level I – IV) and must have worked at least 6 months of the calendar year at the same child care center.

In order to claim this credit you will have to file a federal and state income tax return, even if you do not owe any taxes. On or before January 31st of each year, you will receive a certificate from the Department of Children and Family Services that states the level of training and education you have achieved (Level I-IV). You must submit or maintain the certificate as required by the Secretary of the Department of Revenue in subsequent forms and instructions.

SRTC Levels (requirements for each of the four levels can be found on the Quality Start Staff Qualification Levels page Credit for 2012 Increase 2013
Level Four Director or Level Four Staff  $3,146.00  $66.00  $3,212.00
Level Three Director or Level Three Staff  $2,621  $55.00  $2,676.00
Level Two Director or Level Two Staff  $2,097.00  $44.00  $2,141.00
Level One Director or Level One Staff  $1,573.00  $33.00  $1,606.00



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