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ncummings
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Can I claim our 22 yr old as a dependent,living @ home & going to college?She made $11K in '18, & owed $950 in SS tax.We owe $3700 in fed. taxes on $64K in total income.

Seems we can't declare her as a dependent, & even though we paid $3800 in tuition, looks like federally we can't claim that expense. Trying to reduce my tax liability.  Am I missing something?

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CarolynM
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Can I claim our 22 yr old as a dependent,living @ home & going to college?She made $11K in '18, & owed $950 in SS tax.We owe $3700 in fed. taxes on $64K in total income.

Yes, you can still claim your 22 year old full time college student as a dependent.

Here are the qualifications:

 *            be your child (or adoptive or foster child), sibling, niece, nephew or grandchild;

*            be under age 19, or under age 24 and a full-time student for at least five months of the year; or be permanently disabled, regardless of age; 

*            have lived with you for more than half the year; and

*            have provided no more than half his or her own support for the year.

However, because she is over 17, you will only receive a $500 tax credit, not the full Child Tax Credit of $2,000.

For more information, follow this link: Turbo Tax on Dependents

You can also claim the tuition, but educational tax credit have been reduced and have income limits.

For more information, follow this link: IRS on Education

ncummings
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Can I claim our 22 yr old as a dependent,living @ home & going to college?She made $11K in '18, & owed $950 in SS tax.We owe $3700 in fed. taxes on $64K in total income.

Okay, here's the kicker.  She's a nursing student, and as such, she typically pulls only 9 or 10 credit hrs per semester.  This seems to be the standard #of credit hrs for nursing students.  
CarolynM
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Can I claim our 22 yr old as a dependent,living @ home & going to college?She made $11K in '18, & owed $950 in SS tax.We owe $3700 in fed. taxes on $64K in total income.

Full time student is determined by her school. These hours are common for nursing students and still qualify her as your dependent
ncummings
New Member

Can I claim our 22 yr old as a dependent,living @ home & going to college?She made $11K in '18, & owed $950 in SS tax.We owe $3700 in fed. taxes on $64K in total income.

Okay, let me check with the college.  Thanks.

Any other suggestions from folks out there?
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