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angelhz
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If my parents aren't U.S citizens and don't live in the U.S, do I have to file taxes as independent even though they provide me some money for my college tuition?

 
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ColeenD3
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If my parents aren't U.S citizens and don't live in the U.S, do I have to file taxes as independent even though they provide me some money for my college tuition?

Do they file a US tax return? Do you qualify as their dependent if they do? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then you are independent.

 

Qualifying Child

 

Relationship — the taxpayer’s child or stepchild (whether by blood or adoption), foster child, sibling or step-sibling, or a descendant of one of these.

Residence — has the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the tax year. Exceptions apply, in certain cases, for children of divorced or separated parents, kidnapped children, temporary absences, and for children who were born or died during the year.

Age — must be under the age of 19 at the end of the tax year, or under the age of 24 if a full-time student for at least five months of the year, or be permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year.

Support — did not provide more than one-half of his/her own support for the year.

 

 

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiancé (etc.) as a dependent on your 2019 taxes as long as they meet all of the following requirements :

  • You provided more than half of their financial support. More info
  • They made less than $4,200 in gross income during 2019 unless they are a qualifying child.
  • They live with you or they are related to you. (Your relative must live at your residence all year or be on the list of “relatives who do not live with you” in Publication 501.) 
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren't (or won't be) claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • You are not being claimed as a dependent on someone else's return
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Carl
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If my parents aren't U.S citizens and don't live in the U.S, do I have to file taxes as independent even though they provide me some money for my college tuition?

Actually, the first question that needs to be asked/answered is, are "you" a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a social security number? If not, then you can't use any version of TurboTax to file your U.S. tax return, and a completely different set of rules applies to you. You have to file a 1040-NR which TurboTax does not support. But see https://www.sprintax.com/ for completing the 1040-NR online.

 

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