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malloyhay
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Can I claim child as dependent? She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her.

Can I claim child as dependent?  She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her. When I entered her info she was due a $600 refund, when I selected that she would be claimed as a dependent on my return her refund dropped to $66. Why did it drop, and how can she get the full withheld amount? Thank you in advance! 

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xmasbaby0
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Can I claim child as dependent? She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her.

Yes, you can claim your 19 year old full-time colleges student as your dependent.  The reason she does not get a "full refund" is that when you claim a dependent, the dependent does not get the $4050 personal exemption--you get that on your own tax return.  The exemption lowers the amount of income that is taxable.  So anything over her $6300 standard deduction is taxable income for her.  The rule is  if she "can" be claimed she must say on her return that she can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return.

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Can I claim child as dependent? She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her.

Yes, you can claim your 19 year old full-time colleges student as your dependent.  The reason she does not get a "full refund" is that when you claim a dependent, the dependent does not get the $4050 personal exemption--you get that on your own tax return.  The exemption lowers the amount of income that is taxable.  So anything over her $6300 standard deduction is taxable income for her.  The rule is  if she "can" be claimed she must say on her return that she can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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malloyhay
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Can I claim child as dependent? She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her.

One last question. Does my daughter have to file her own tax return? I understand following the rule "can be claimed..."
xmasbaby0
Level 15

Can I claim child as dependent? She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her.

Yes, with the earnings you mentioned, she does need to file a tax return.
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
malloyhay
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Can I claim child as dependent? She is 19 and full time college student, has $12000 in w2's, lives at home and I support her.

Thank you very much for your time and answers!
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