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tazzminia1
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Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

 
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Opus 17
Level 15

Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

You can claim dependents if they meet the requirements for age, custody and support.

For example, you can claim a grandchild if the grandchild lives with you more than half the year, and is under the age of 19, and does not provide more than half their own support, and if the parent(s) don't have a higher priority claim.  (The rules can get tricky and we can provide more details if needed.)

However, you won't receive any tax benefits or refunds for claiming dependents if you don't have taxable income, such as wages, self-employment income, investments, or taxable retirement income.  If your only support is non-taxable SSI, you won't get anything on your tax return by claiming dependents.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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SweetieJean
Level 15

Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

Do you have any income other than SSI?  Do the children's parents, or any other adults live with you?
VolvoGirl
Level 15

Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

Do you mean ssi or plain SS or SSDI?  They are different.  But if that is the ONLY income you have you probably don't need to file a return and there is no benefit in claiming dependents or deductions.
SweetieJean
Level 15

Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

How do you support that many people on just this?
SweetieJean
Level 15

Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

Are you related to this person?
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Opus 17
Level 15

Can I claim 3 grandkids I have custody of ? I'm on ssi

You can claim dependents if they meet the requirements for age, custody and support.

For example, you can claim a grandchild if the grandchild lives with you more than half the year, and is under the age of 19, and does not provide more than half their own support, and if the parent(s) don't have a higher priority claim.  (The rules can get tricky and we can provide more details if needed.)

However, you won't receive any tax benefits or refunds for claiming dependents if you don't have taxable income, such as wages, self-employment income, investments, or taxable retirement income.  If your only support is non-taxable SSI, you won't get anything on your tax return by claiming dependents.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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