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Can I claim my parents as dependents if they live in a foreign country?

Are they U.S. citizens?
Hal_Al
Level 15

Can I claim my parents as dependents if they live in a foreign country?

Do they live in Canada or Mexico?

Can I claim my parents as dependents if they live in a foreign country?

no
Hal_Al
Level 15

Can I claim my parents as dependents if they live in a foreign country?

A person can still be an other dependent (Qualifying relative in IRS parlance, even though they do not have to actually be related), if not a Qualifying Child, if he meets the 6 tests for claiming a dependent:

1. Closely Related OR live with you ALL year

2. His/her gross taxable income for the year must be less than $3,800 (2012)

3. You must have provided more than 1/2 his support

 

In either case:

4. He must be a US citizen or resident of the US, Canada or Mexico

5. He must not file a joint return with his spouse or file a tax return claiming someone else as a dependent

6. He must not be the qualifying child of another taxpayer


 If no one person (or married couple) provides 50% of the support (for example your siblings are also sending support), then a "multiple support agreement” (IRS Form 2120) can be used, to allow you to claim the dependent.

IRS Publication 501 on page 15 has a worksheet that can be used to help with the support calculation. See: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

lait09
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Can I claim my parents as dependents if they live in a foreign country?

If the parent lived in a foreign country for 11 of the the 12 monthe but I provided more then 50% of their income and meet all of the other criteria, can I claim that person as a dependent?
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