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Can I claim my godson?

 
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Can I claim my godson?

I assume that the child is not related to you.  A "godchild" relationship is not considered related. 

He/she may be a “qualifying relative” dependent if:

…He/she is not filing a joint return with anyone else

.…He/she does not file a tax return claiming someone else as a dependent

…He/she is no one else's qualifying child

He/she lived in your home as a member of your household for the entire year.

…His/her gross income was $4,000 or less (2015).  Social Security benefits that are not taxable do not count against this limit.

…You provided more than 1/2 his/her support for the year.

…Your living relationship did not violate local law.

…He/she is a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico, for some part of the year.

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Can I claim my godson?

Did he live with you the entire calendar year? What about his parents?
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Can I claim my godson?

No, only they lived with me for few months(3 months) last year, right now only I support them financially
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Level 15

Can I claim my godson?

See requirements below.
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Level 15

Can I claim my godson?

I assume that the child is not related to you.  A "godchild" relationship is not considered related. 

He/she may be a “qualifying relative” dependent if:

…He/she is not filing a joint return with anyone else

.…He/she does not file a tax return claiming someone else as a dependent

…He/she is no one else's qualifying child

He/she lived in your home as a member of your household for the entire year.

…His/her gross income was $4,000 or less (2015).  Social Security benefits that are not taxable do not count against this limit.

…You provided more than 1/2 his/her support for the year.

…Your living relationship did not violate local law.

…He/she is a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico, for some part of the year.

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Can I claim my godson?

Even if he  had lived with you all year and qualified as a dependent, he would still not be a "qualifying child" for the earned income credit, child tax credit or Head of Household filing status, because he is not related.
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