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I took care of a 3yr old child in my household that's not my child the whole year. Can I claim this child an not have any problems with the IRS holding my tax money?

Is there any proof or anything I need to show this child was in my household? An what do I list the child as since its not mine?
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MargaretL
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I took care of a 3yr old child in my household that's not my child the whole year. Can I claim this child an not have any problems with the IRS holding my tax money?

You can claim the child if all rules below are met:

  • No other taxpayer can claim them as dependents  (such as the child's parents)
  • They lived for the entire year with you, and
  • You paid more than half for their support. 

You don't have to submit any proof with your tax return, but you do need one in case you are audited.

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MargaretL
Expert Alumni

I took care of a 3yr old child in my household that's not my child the whole year. Can I claim this child an not have any problems with the IRS holding my tax money?

You can claim the child if all rules below are met:

  • No other taxpayer can claim them as dependents  (such as the child's parents)
  • They lived for the entire year with you, and
  • You paid more than half for their support. 

You don't have to submit any proof with your tax return, but you do need one in case you are audited.

I took care of a 3yr old child in my household that's not my child the whole year. Can I claim this child an not have any problems with the IRS holding my tax money?

Thanks. What would I list the child as since it's not my child biologically?
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