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MichaelDC
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Can i add my unemployed Boyfriend as dependant

Yes, you can claim a boyfriend as a dependent on your federal income taxes if that person meets the IRS definition of a "qualifying relative." Take any unemployment benefits he received during the year into account.

Don't worry about the word "relative".  That can be any unrelated person who passes the following tests concerning residency, income, support and status.

  • Do they live with you? Your boyfriend must live at your residence all year. However, if your living situation violates local law, you cannot claim that individual as a dependent. In some states, "cohabitation" by unmarried people is against the law.
  • Do they make less than $4,050? They cannot have a gross income of more than $4,050 and be claimed by you as a dependent. 
  • Do you financially support them? You must provide more than half of their total support each year. 

The following requirements apply to all dependents:

  • Are they a citizen or resident? 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.

TurboTax will ask you simple, plain-English questions about your situation and will determine for you who qualifies as a dependent on your tax return.

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MichaelDC
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Can i add my unemployed Boyfriend as dependant

Yes, you can claim a boyfriend as a dependent on your federal income taxes if that person meets the IRS definition of a "qualifying relative." Take any unemployment benefits he received during the year into account.

Don't worry about the word "relative".  That can be any unrelated person who passes the following tests concerning residency, income, support and status.

  • Do they live with you? Your boyfriend must live at your residence all year. However, if your living situation violates local law, you cannot claim that individual as a dependent. In some states, "cohabitation" by unmarried people is against the law.
  • Do they make less than $4,050? They cannot have a gross income of more than $4,050 and be claimed by you as a dependent. 
  • Do you financially support them? You must provide more than half of their total support each year. 

The following requirements apply to all dependents:

  • Are they a citizen or resident? 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.

TurboTax will ask you simple, plain-English questions about your situation and will determine for you who qualifies as a dependent on your tax return.

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