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Can I claim my son's college expense if I don't claim him as my dependent? My son lives with me.

My son is not my dependent, but I paid for my son's college tuition, can I claim the college tuition expense on my tax return.
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Patrice
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Can I claim my son's college expense if I don't claim him as my dependent? My son lives with me.

No, unfortunately the IRS does not allow you to claim your son's education expenses/tuition if you are not claiming him as a dependent on your tax return.

Hal_Al
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Can I claim my son's college expense if I don't claim him as my dependent? My son lives with me.

Whoever claims his exemption (dependency), whether that be the other parent, the student himself, or anybody else, may count what you paid, in claiming the tuition credit for himself.
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