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Can't claim child as dependent

This is more of a general tax question

My son was 18/19 years old in 2021.  Lived at home full time.  Went to college part time.  Earned approximately $8000 in 2021.

 

According to the rules I can't claim him as a dependent because he didn't go to school full time and earned more than $4300 in 2021.  Even though I paid for his housing, medical, medical insurance, auto insurance, etc. - basically "supported" him all year.

 

It seems strange that $4300 earnings and not going to school full time all year are the two deciding factors.

 

Just curious if there is more to it.

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Can't claim child as dependent

No, you understand it correctly. That’s the tax law. 

Can't claim child as dependent

Does that imply (infer?) that one should be able to support themselves on $4300 per year?

 

Either way - sure makes a difference when it comes to refunds (if getting one).

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