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Is 57 yr old disabled son a dependent? SSDisability $30,179 (only income source). Dad paid $14,200 for live-in nursing home care. Is this expense deductible for Dad?

 
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ChristinaS
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Is 57 yr old disabled son a dependent? SSDisability $30,179 (only income source). Dad paid $14,200 for live-in nursing home care. Is this expense deductible for Dad?

The son is not likely to be anyone's tax dependent. Although his income is not taxable, he cannot provide more than half of his own support. $30,179 is not a small amount of money, and most likely that income provides more than half of his support. That would keep him from being eligible to be a dependent, even with no taxable income.

You cannot claim medical expenses for a person that isn't your dependent due to providing more than half of his/her support. You could claim the expenses if the son was a dependent in a prior year, when the services were rendered.

$14,200 is also not a small amount of money. To determine if this disabled son is a dependent, all of his support needs to be tallied (medical, housing, food, travel, etc).

You can use the Support worksheet in Publication 501:

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p501/ar02.html#en_US_2016_publink1000220886

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ChristinaS
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Is 57 yr old disabled son a dependent? SSDisability $30,179 (only income source). Dad paid $14,200 for live-in nursing home care. Is this expense deductible for Dad?

The son is not likely to be anyone's tax dependent. Although his income is not taxable, he cannot provide more than half of his own support. $30,179 is not a small amount of money, and most likely that income provides more than half of his support. That would keep him from being eligible to be a dependent, even with no taxable income.

You cannot claim medical expenses for a person that isn't your dependent due to providing more than half of his/her support. You could claim the expenses if the son was a dependent in a prior year, when the services were rendered.

$14,200 is also not a small amount of money. To determine if this disabled son is a dependent, all of his support needs to be tallied (medical, housing, food, travel, etc).

You can use the Support worksheet in Publication 501:

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p501/ar02.html#en_US_2016_publink1000220886

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