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Why is the irs telling me i have to pay them 9,000 dollars

They are saying my step kids did not live with me long enough
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Why is the irs telling me i have to pay them 9,000 dollars

Here's all the requirements. Do you meet every single one of them for the entire tax year between Jan 1 - Dec 31 2016?

- The person must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, a U.S. resident, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. Many people wonder if they can claim a foreign-exchange student who temporarily lives with them. The answer is maybe, but only if they meet this requirement.

  • - Are you the only person claiming them as a dependent? You can’t claim someone who takes a personal exemption for himself or claims another dependent on his own tax form.
  • - Are they filing a joint return? You cannot claim someone who is married and files a joint tax return. Say you support your married teenaged son: If he files a joint return with his spouse, you can’t claim him as a dependent.
  • In addition to the qualifications above, you must be able to answer yes to all of the below also.
  • - Are they related to you? The child can be your son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, adopted child or an offspring of any of them. If you live with your girlfriend/boyfriend, they children d NOT qualify for you since you're not legally married to their parent.
  • - Do they meet the age requirement? Your child must be under age 19 or, if a full-time student, under age 24. There is no age limit if your child is permanently and totally disabled.
  • - Do they live with you? Your child must live with you for more than half the year, (183 days or more) but several exceptions apply.
  • - Do you financially support them? Your child may have a job, but that job cannot provide more than half of her support.
  • - Are you the only person claiming them? This requirement commonly applies to children of divorced parents. Here you must use the “tie breaker rules,” which are found in IRS Publication 501. These rules establish income, parentage and residency requirements for claiming a child.
  • Why is the irs telling me i have to pay them 9,000 dollars

    Sometimes folks use the term Stepchildren to refer to the biological kids of their boyfriend or girlfriend. Unless you were married to their parent on 12/31/2016, they are not your Stepchildren, so they must have lived with you all of 2016.

    Why is the irs telling me i have to pay them 9,000 dollars

    Also note that an unrelated person (even if they are a dependent) will not qualify you for Head of Household status, the Earned Income Credit, or the Child Tax Credit.
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