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echomcqueen
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Can 2 parents claim a child 6 months each? Parents do not share shelter costs or cost of living

 
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AmyW
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Can 2 parents claim a child 6 months each? Parents do not share shelter costs or cost of living

No, a child can only be claimed on one tax return.

You may be able to claim your child as a qualifying child if:
  • They are under 19, or a full-time student and under 24 years of age. There is no age limit if they are permanently and totally disabled.
  • They lives with you for more than half of the year (Temporary absences, like going to college does not count)
  • You provided more than half of their support for the tax year
  • You are the only person claiming them
See the article below for the rules about claiming a qualifying child. 

Here is a worksheet that will help you determine if you provide more than half of your child's  support:



macuser_22
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Can 2 parents claim a child 6 months each? Parents do not share shelter costs or cost of living

However, if the he parents have been separated at all times during the last 6 months of the year and live apart, then there is a way to "split" certain credits.

See “Children of divorced or separated parents or parents who live apart” in IRS Pub 17 for full information.

<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17#en_US_2017_publink1000170897">https://www.irs.gov/publications/...>
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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