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prhamy64
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How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

 
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SweetieJean
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How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

If Social Security is your ONLY income, you do not need to file a tax return, so there is not benefit to claiming the child.

As an aside, do the parents send you any money?

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Hal_Al
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

You say you support the children. That's not enough. The children must live with you, to be claimed as a dependent.
SweetieJean
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

and "Primary" income is not the same as "only" income.
joeahamilton
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How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

she does live with me and disability is my only income
xmasbaby0
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

@joeahamilton You are posting to someone else's year old thread.  If you are in a similar situation--grandparent supporting a grandchild--if your only income is disability then you cannot get any of the child-related credits like earned income credit or child tax credit which are based on income earned from working.
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
SweetieJean
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

If Social Security is your ONLY income, you do not need to file a tax return, so there is not benefit to claiming the child.

As an aside, do the parents send you any money?

xmasbaby0
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

Even if the parents are sending any child support, it would not need to be reported on a tax return.
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Hal_Al
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

The money you hear about people getting for just filing a tax return claiming kids requires you to  have some earned income (wages or self employment). Without earned income, you are not eligible for the "refundable" Earned Income Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit.
SweetieJean
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

@xmasbaby0  Actually, I was thinking that the parents might have hired Grandparent as a Nanny or Household Employee.
prhamy64
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How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

Thank you, that's what I was thinking
Hal_Al
Level 15

How can we claim a grandchild whom we supported if our primary and only income is social security disability? Both parents are living out of the area.

Baby sitting your grand kids doesn't make them a dependent  or qualifying child for refundable credits. So, what's the real tax question, if it's not about claiming the children as dependents?

Grandparents are exempt from the "nanny tax", unless the parent claims the dependent care credit.  So, you do not have to report any baby sitting income, form sitting you own grandkids.

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