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My Mother in law lives with us but she receives social security.Can we claim her on our taxes?

 
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My Mother in law lives with us but she receives social security.Can we claim her on our taxes?

In order to claim your mother-in-law as your dependent, she must meet all five of the following conditions:

 - Relationship: The person must live in your home for the entire year (be a "member of your household") OR be related to you (your mother-in-law counts)

- Gross Income: your mother-in-law as a dependent, her earned income cannot be more than $4,050 for the 2016 tax year. This means that if your mother-in-law earns more than $4,050, you aren’t eligible to claim them as a dependent. However, non-taxable income, such as Social Security, does not count toward this amount.

 - Support: Generally, you must provide more than half the person's support. Special rules apply for children of divorced or separated parents or children receiving support from two or more people.

- Marital status: Generally, a dependent cannot file a joint tax return with a spouse. The only exception is when the dependent files a joint return only to get a return of taxes paid and, if separate returns filed, neither dependent or spouse would have a tax liability.

 - Nationality: The person must be a United States citizen; or a resident or national of the U.S., Canada or Mexico. An adopted child that is not a US citizen or resident of the US, Canada, or Mexico must live with you for the entire year.

Individuals related to you in the following way do not need to live with you:

  • Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law

If the above conditions apply to your situation, in TurboTax, then you will need to go to Personal Info, Click Add a dependent, then Parent. Please see the attached photo.




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My Mother in law lives with us but she receives social security.Can we claim her on our taxes?

In order to claim your mother-in-law as your dependent, she must meet all five of the following conditions:

 - Relationship: The person must live in your home for the entire year (be a "member of your household") OR be related to you (your mother-in-law counts)

- Gross Income: your mother-in-law as a dependent, her earned income cannot be more than $4,050 for the 2016 tax year. This means that if your mother-in-law earns more than $4,050, you aren’t eligible to claim them as a dependent. However, non-taxable income, such as Social Security, does not count toward this amount.

 - Support: Generally, you must provide more than half the person's support. Special rules apply for children of divorced or separated parents or children receiving support from two or more people.

- Marital status: Generally, a dependent cannot file a joint tax return with a spouse. The only exception is when the dependent files a joint return only to get a return of taxes paid and, if separate returns filed, neither dependent or spouse would have a tax liability.

 - Nationality: The person must be a United States citizen; or a resident or national of the U.S., Canada or Mexico. An adopted child that is not a US citizen or resident of the US, Canada, or Mexico must live with you for the entire year.

Individuals related to you in the following way do not need to live with you:

  • Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law

If the above conditions apply to your situation, in TurboTax, then you will need to go to Personal Info, Click Add a dependent, then Parent. Please see the attached photo.




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