Can I count roommate as dependent if he receives SS & VA disability & I paid all house payments & car payments & other household expenses?
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Can I count roommate as dependent if he receives SS & VA disability & I paid all house payments & car payments & other household expenses?

My friend lives with me and gets SS and VA disability benefits. I pay all the house payments, car payments, and some other household expenses.  He pays the utilities and auto insurance. Can I count him as a dependent?
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Can I count roommate as dependent if he receives SS & VA disability & I paid all house payments & car payments & other household expenses?

Maybe.

A person can still be a Qualifying relative dependent, if not a Qualifying Child, if he meets the 6 tests for claiming a dependent:

1. Closely Related OR live with the taxpayer ALL year

2. His/her gross taxable income for the year must be less than $4,050 (2016) SS & VA don't count as income

3. The taxpayer must have provided more than 1/2 his support

4. He must be a US citizen or resident of the US, Canada or Mexico

5. He must not file a joint return with his spouse or be claiming a dependent of his own

6. He must not be the qualifying child of another taxpayer

Social security & VA benefits don't count as income, for the income test, but that money he/she spends on her self does count as support not provided by you, for the support test. Money she puts into savings & investment does not count as support she spent on herself. If you provided a home it helps your support case, unless they own the home you live in. If no one person (or married couple) provides 50% of the support (for example his relatives are also sending support), then a "multiple support agreement” (IRS Form 2120) can be used, to allow you to claim the dependent. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2120.pdf

The IRS has a worksheet that can be used to help with the support calculation. See: http://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/content/globalmedia/teacher/worksheet_for_determining_support_4012.pdf The support value of a home is the fair market rental value, divided by the number of occupants.

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