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kamryntaylor
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Because my daughter is 18 do I still "claim" her on my taxes? Her name is listed on my return but I don't get the tax credit anymore.

 
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DoninGA
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Because my daughter is 18 do I still "claim" her on my taxes? Her name is listed on my return but I don't get the tax credit anymore.

Just because she is no longer eligible for the Child Tax Credit due to her age being older than 16 does not mean you cannot claim her as a dependent and receive her personal exemption of $4,050 in 2016 on your tax return if she meets all the requirements under the Qualifying Child rules.

To be a Qualifying Child -

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year, (b) under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student or (c) any age and permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Temporary absences while away at college are considered living with you.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 

6. The child must be a U.S. citizen or U.S., Canada or Mexico resident for some portion of the year.

7. The child must be younger than you unless disabled.

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DoninGA
Level 15

Because my daughter is 18 do I still "claim" her on my taxes? Her name is listed on my return but I don't get the tax credit anymore.

Just because she is no longer eligible for the Child Tax Credit due to her age being older than 16 does not mean you cannot claim her as a dependent and receive her personal exemption of $4,050 in 2016 on your tax return if she meets all the requirements under the Qualifying Child rules.

To be a Qualifying Child -

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year, (b) under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student or (c) any age and permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Temporary absences while away at college are considered living with you.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 

6. The child must be a U.S. citizen or U.S., Canada or Mexico resident for some portion of the year.

7. The child must be younger than you unless disabled.

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