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Who counts as a dependent?

Table of Contents Who counts as a dependent? What age do you stop being a dependent? Who are dependents in a family?...

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  • Who counts as a dependent?
  • What age do you stop being a dependent?
  • Who are dependents in a family?
  • Is spouse a dependent?
  • Are parents considered dependents?

Who counts as a dependent?

A dependent is a person other than the taxpayer or spouse who entitles the taxpayer to claim a dependency exemption. Each dependency exemption decreases income subject to tax by the exemption amount. A taxpayer cannot claim a dependency exemption for a person who can be claimed as a dependent on another tax return.

What age do you stop being a dependent?

You can claim dependent children until they turn 19, unless they go to college, in which case they can be claimed until they turn 24. If your child is 24 years or older, they can still be claimed as a “qualifying relative” if they meet the qualifying relative test or they are permanently and totally disabled.

Who are dependents in a family?

A dependant is someone who relies upon you for financial support (so for example might include a partner not married to the provider). A dependent family member is a dependant with familial ties to the provider (eg a spouse perhaps).

Is spouse a dependent?

You do not claim a spouse as a dependent. When you are married and living together, you can only file a tax return as either Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately. You would want to file as MFJ even if one spouse has little or no income.

Are parents considered dependents?

Paying more than half of your parent’s household expenses means you are eligible to claim your parent as a dependent. Unlike children, parents don’t have to live with you at least half of the year to be claimed as dependents – they can qualify no matter where they live.

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