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dabraun52
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I live on base in the barracks so I get my bas and bah taken out. Would that mean I didn’t pay for more then half my living expenses or I did pay for more then half?

 
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Hal_Al
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I live on base in the barracks so I get my bas and bah taken out. Would that mean I didn’t pay for more then half my living expenses or I did pay for more then half?

What they took out is still considered your money and was used to pay for housing and subsistence. So, you paid for your own housing and subsistence and the amount you paid, for measuring support was the BAS/BAH amount taken out.

 What's not clear is why are you asking this question. If it's to see if your parents qualify to claim you as their dependent; The support test is for the whole year, including the time you lived with them before leaving for active duty

 Furthermore, time in training, including basic and AIT, is considered a temporary absence from your HOR (usually your parents home) and you are considered to be living with them during this time.

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 your parents home is the fair market rental value plus utilities, divided by the number of occupants.

A child of a taxpayer can still be a “Qualifying Child” (QC) dependent, regardless of his/her income, if:

1. He is under age 19, or under 24 if a full time student for at least 5 months of the year, or is totally & permanently disabled

2. He did not provide more than 1/2 his own support. Scholarships are considered third party support and not as support provided by the student.

3. He lived with the parent (including temporary absences such as away at school) for more than half the year

 So, it doesn't matter how much he earned. What matters is how much he spent on support. Money he put into savings does not count as support he spent on him self.

ErinH
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I live on base in the barracks so I get my bas and bah taken out. Would that mean I didn’t pay for more then half my living expenses or I did pay for more then half?

Yes, you definitely did pay more than half of your living expenses. Your housing is taken out of your pay alotted to you for housing.

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