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Dependent (girlfriend)

Im a Florida resident.  I am the head of the household and I have had a girlfriend who has lived under my care about three years and has not worked. Can I claim her as a dependent in the state of Florida on my taxes.

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Level 8

Dependent (girlfriend)

She must earn less than $4,200, rely on you for more than half her financial support for the year and live with you as a member of your household for the year. 

Level 15

Dependent (girlfriend)

It has nothing to do with living in Florida, since Florida has no state income tax.   You are only going to file a federal tax return, so it is the federal income tax laws that you need to understand.




Unless you also have a qualifying child who you can claim as a dependent you cannot file as Head of Household.   Your GF is not a qualifying dependent to allow you to file as HOH.   


If your GF lived with you for the entire year in 2020 and did not have more than $4300 of her own income---not including Social Security----then she might be your "qualifying relative" who can be claimed as a dependent in order to get the $500 credit for other dependents and the 3rd stimulus payment of $1400.   You cannot receive the 1st or 2nd EIP payments for claiming her.   And if she can be claimed as your dependent, she cannot get any EIP payments herself, since dependents are not eligible to receive stimulus payments.



Am I Head of Household?


If you qualify as Head of Household, when you enter your filing status (single or married filing separately) into My Info, and then enter your qualifying dependent, TurboTax will offer HOH as your filing status.







You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiance (etc.) as a dependent on your 2020 taxes as long as they meet the following requirements:

Qualifying child

•They are related to you.

•They cannot be claimed as a dependent by someone else.

•They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or   Mexican resident.

•They are not filing a joint return with their spouse.

•They are under the age of 19 (or 24 for full-time students).

    • No age limit for permanently and totally disabled children

        They live with you for more than half the year (exceptions apply).

Qualifying relative

•They don't have to be related to you (despite the name).

•They cannot be claimed as a dependent by someone else.

•They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.

•They are not filing a joint return with their spouse.

They lived with you the entire year.

•They made less than $4300  (not counting Social Security)

•You provided more than half of their financial support. More info

When you add someone as a dependent, we'll ask a series of questions to make sure you can claim them.

Related Information:

Does a dependent have to live with me?

What does "financially support another person" mean?

Can I claim a newborn baby?

**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.**
Level 15

Dependent (girlfriend)

A few years ago FL  legalized cohabitation ie: "living together"  so you can now claim the girl/boy friend if they otherwise qualify.   As far as I know only Michigan and Mississippi still have cohabitation laws still on the books. 

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