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kprowan
Level 1

Possibly claimed as dependent illegally

During 2019, I was 21 and not a student. However, I recently learned that I was claimed by my parents after filing my own tax return.

 

Should they have been able to claim me as a dependent?

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JotikaT2
Employee Tax Expert

Possibly claimed as dependent illegally

It depends.

 

They may still have been able to claim you as a qualifying relative if you met the following:

  • You are not claimed as a dependent by someone else
  • You are a U.S. Citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident
  • You are not filing a joint return
  • You lived with them for the entire year
  • You made less than $4,200 in 2019
  • They provided more than half of your support

If any of the items listed above do not apply, then they would not be able to claim you as a dependent and may have to amend their tax return.

 

Dependent qualifications

 

Amend return

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kprowan
Level 1

Possibly claimed as dependent illegally

@JotikaT2 thank you for the info- there's a lot out there saying that to qualify you have as a dependent you have to be under 19 or under 24 and a full-time student, which confused me.

 

Thanks also for the amend return link.

kprowan
Level 1

Possibly claimed as dependent illegally

@JotikaT2 although now I see that the qualifications link also sets being a full-time student as a qualifier after 19- do you know why that is?

KrisD15
Employee Tax Expert

Possibly claimed as dependent illegally

The reason a child can be claimed after age 19 if they are a student is that the IRS feels the parents are still supporting that child and therefore has the right to claim them as a dependent. 

Most people can't be a full-time student and still supply more than half their own support. 

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