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elizabethgcruz
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Can my parents claim me as a dependent?Student-January to May. Worked June to December. They pay rent, food. I pay all other expenses including my tuition.

I made around 11,000.00. October-December paid loans. I bout a car in June and make car payments. I pay my cell phone bill, my insurance, and all other travel and living expenses.
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Phillip1
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Can my parents claim me as a dependent?Student-January to May. Worked June to December. They pay rent, food. I pay all other expenses including my tuition.

Your parents can claim you as a dependent if all of the following apply:

  • You are under 19, or between the ages of 19 and 24, and

  • You were a full time student for 2016

    • To be a student, they must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months of the year:

  1. A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body at the school, or

  2. A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1), or by a state, county, or local government agency.

  • The 5 calendar months don't have to be consecutive.

  • You did not provide more than half of your own support.

    • This test is different from the support test to be a qualifying relative, which is described later. However, to see what is or isn't support, see Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) , later. If you aren't sure whether a child provided more than half of his or her own support, you may find Worksheet 2 helpful.

  • You did not file a joint tax return.

    • An exception to the joint return test applies if your child and his or her spouse file a joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid.

    They may not be able to claim you if you did not live with them from the time you left school until the end of May, or if you provided more than half of your support. 

    The period that you were in school counts as time living with them, but from the date you left school you would have needed to stay with them until the end of June to meet requirement of "living with you for more than 6 months". If you paid for more than half of your support (like food, shelter, transportation, medical and dental, clothing, and recreation) with the money he earned, you cannot be claimed as a dependent.  Use worksheet 2 from page 16 of this PDF version of Publication 501.

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