Level 2

Can I claim my child as a dependent if I earn $0?

My spouse is a nonresident alien and so won't file US taxes, but is the sole earner of the household.


When I file my US taxes (I am a permanent resident), I will enter $0 as income, as I do not work. My question is that since we have a US citizen child, can I claim the child as a dependent on mine even though I'm not earning?


She isn't being claimed on anyone else's return. My goal is to obtain the stimulus check for both me and my child by filing a 1040 (married filing separately or head of household) with $0 income and a reform rebate credit.


Thank you for your time.