Possibly. A person not your relative may be claime...
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Possibly. A person not your relative may be claimed as your dependent if they:
  • Live in your home all year; and
  • Have less than $3,950 gross income in 2014; and
  • Receive more than half their annual support from you; and
  • Are a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico for part of the year; and
  • Are not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.

Certain relatives who qualify as your dependents don't necessarily need to live with you. Here is a list of relatives who might qualify as your dependent, if they meet certain requirements (see below):

  • Child, adopted child, step-child, eligible foster child (Special rules apply to children of divorced parents, though),
  • A descendent of any of the above,
  • Mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew,
  • Step-brother, step-sister, step-father, step-mother,
  • Any of these in-laws: son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

Furthermore, relative must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico for part of the year; and
  • Have no more than $3,950 gross income (except nontaxable Social Security benefits) in 2014; and
  • Receive more than half his or her support from you; and
  • Not be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer or filing a joint tax return *




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