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rafaman_14
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How can I claim myself as independent when my parents claimed me as dependent and already filed taxes?

I had just recently filed taxes through turbo taxes and it all got rejected because I was claimed as dependent on my parents taxes, and wasn't aware. I'm trying to file my own taxes because I worked last year, but since I'm claimed as dependent I can't. How do I or how can I claim myself as independent when already claimed dependent?

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KarenJ
Intuit Alumni

How can I claim myself as independent when my parents claimed me as dependent and already filed taxes?

If your parents claimed you as a dependent on their income tax return, and you do not believe that you meet the requirements of a dependent, you can request that your parents amend their return (you would need to file an extension and wait until their amended return was processed).

If you do meet the requirement as a dependent, then you will need to go into your return and click on My Info and click on Edit next to your name and scroll down to the question "Someone else can claim me as a dependent on their tax return."  Change your answer from "no' to "yes."

Please see the following TurboTax FAQ for the eligibility requirements that determine whether a person can be claimed as a dependent on your federal tax return:

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiance (etc.) as a dependent on your 2017 taxes as long as they meet the following requirements:

Qualifying child

  1. They are related to you.
  • They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • They are under the age of 19 (or 24 for full-time students).
    • No age limit for permanently and totally disabled children.
  • They live with you for more than half the year (exceptions apply).
  • They didn't provide more than half of their own support for the year

Qualifying relative

  • They don't have to be related to you (despite the name).
  • They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • They lived with you the entire year.
  • They made less than $4,150 in 2018.
  • You provided more than half of their financial support. More info

When you add someone as a dependent, we'll ask a series of questions to make sure you can claim them.


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