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chey-brandt
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Can i claim my cousin and her 2 kids as dependents and get a refund for them since I provided for them all year and they have lived with me all year, their income is 0.

My cousin is 21, her kids are 3 yrs and a 4 month old. I've supported them all year and they have lived with me all year. Their income is $1000 for the whole year. Will I get a refund for the kids and a deduction for her?
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Hal_Al
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Can i claim my cousin and her 2 kids as dependents and get a refund for them since I provided for them all year and they have lived with me all year, their income is 0.

Yes, if they lived with you all year. But don't expect much. A cousin is not closely enough related to be a "Qualifying Child" for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) or Child Tax credit.

All you will be able to claim is the $4050 exemption, for each dependent. The exemption is just a deduction from income before tax is calculated and is not a refund.

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Hal_Al
Level 15

Can i claim my cousin and her 2 kids as dependents and get a refund for them since I provided for them all year and they have lived with me all year, their income is 0.

Yes, if they lived with you all year. But don't expect much. A cousin is not closely enough related to be a "Qualifying Child" for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) or Child Tax credit.

All you will be able to claim is the $4050 exemption, for each dependent. The exemption is just a deduction from income before tax is calculated and is not a refund.

hammettlamesha
New Member

Can i claim my cousin and her 2 kids as dependents and get a refund for them since I provided for them all year and they have lived with me all year, their income is 0.

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