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We supported our college student for 6 months until she gratuated and started earning income. why cant we claim 6 months?

 
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We supported our college student for 6 months until she gratuated and started earning income. why cant we claim 6 months?

Per the IRS, one can only claim a dependent for the entire year.

If she earned more than $4,050 in taxable income in 2016:

You may be able to claim your student as a Qualifying Child dependent if:

  • The child must be related to you. The child can be your son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, stepsister, adopted child or an offspring of any of them.
  • Your child must be under age 19 or, if a full-time student, under age 24. There is no age limit if your child is permanently and totally disabled.
  • Your child must live with you for more than half the year, but several exceptions apply (ie. away at school).
  • The child cannot provide more than half of his/her support. for 2016.
  • You must be the only person claiming the child
  • The child must be a US citizen, resident alien, national, or resident of Mexico or Canada.
  • The child cannot file a joint return with his or her spouse.

See Rules For Claiming Dependents


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Marketstar
Level 7

We supported our college student for 6 months until she gratuated and started earning income. why cant we claim 6 months?

Per the IRS, one can only claim a dependent for the entire year.

If she earned more than $4,050 in taxable income in 2016:

You may be able to claim your student as a Qualifying Child dependent if:

  • The child must be related to you. The child can be your son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, stepsister, adopted child or an offspring of any of them.
  • Your child must be under age 19 or, if a full-time student, under age 24. There is no age limit if your child is permanently and totally disabled.
  • Your child must live with you for more than half the year, but several exceptions apply (ie. away at school).
  • The child cannot provide more than half of his/her support. for 2016.
  • You must be the only person claiming the child
  • The child must be a US citizen, resident alien, national, or resident of Mexico or Canada.
  • The child cannot file a joint return with his or her spouse.

See Rules For Claiming Dependents


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