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Can my father in law be claimed as a dependant

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Can my father in law be claimed as a dependant

Your father in law can be claimed as a dependent if the following applies:

  • Not a Qualifying Child - One of the first requirements for qualifying child is a certain, defined relationship. Father-in-law is not a qualifying relationship to be a qualifying child dependent. Therefore he would pass this test.
  • Member of Household or Relationship Test - To meet this test, the individual must meet one of the following:

  • Gross Income Test - He cannot have more than 4,050 dollars of income. This doesn’t include social security income. If social security income is all he receives, he would pass this test.

  • Support Test - You would need to provide more than half of his support. Fill out worksheet 2 on page 16 of IRS Publication 501 to make sure you meet this requirement. 

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