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rdarragh33
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2020 Taxes - Dependent - no income, full time student but turned 24 August 2020

It looks like Turbo Tax allowed me to claim my daughter on my taxes in 2020.  She was a full-time student with no income but she turned 24 in August 2020.  I assumed 2021 would be the first year I was unable to claim her.  But now I think this is incorrect based on my research but it contradicts what Turbo tax allowed.  

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

2020 Taxes - Dependent - no income, full time student but turned 24 August 2020

There are two types of dependents --   Qualifying Child or Qualifying Relative.  Even if she was too old to be a qualifying child it is possible for her to be a qualifying relative if she had less than $4300 of income.

 

 

WHO CAN I CLAIM AS A DEPENDENT?

 

 

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

Qualifying child

  • They're related to you.
  • They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They're a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • They're under the age of 19 (or 24 for full-time students).
    • No age limit for permanently and totally disabled children.
  • They lived with you for more than half the year (exceptions apply).
  • They didn't provide more than half of their own support for the year.

Qualifying relative

  • They don't have to be related to you (despite the name).
  • They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They're a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • They lived with you the entire year (exceptions apply).
  • They made less than $4,350 in 2021.
  • You provided more than half of their financial support.

When you add someone as a dependent, we'll ask a series of questions to make sure you can claim them. There may be other tax benefits you can get when you claim a dependent.

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

2020 Taxes - Dependent - no income, full time student but turned 24 August 2020

If she was under 24 on 12/31/2020 and a full time student you could claim her no matter how much she made.  But since she is over 23 you can still claim her if she made less than $4,300 for the year.  So you're ok.  You might still be able to claim her in 2021 if she made less than 4,300.

See IRS Publication 501 starting on page 10 bottom Dependents

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

 

Who can I claim as a dependent?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/credits-and-deductions/help/who-can-i-claim-as-my-dependent/00/267...

 

Who you can claim article

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/family/rules-for-claiming-a-dependent-on-your-tax-return/L8LODb...

 

maglib
Level 10

2020 Taxes - Dependent - no income, full time student but turned 24 August 2020

@rdarragh33  She can be claimed as a qualifying relative if you meet these requirements: Your gross income is less than $4,300.  You may want to look at IRS rules here.  https://www.irs.gov/faqs/filing-requirements-status-dependents/dependents/dependents-2

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