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Can my parents claim me?

I am 20 years old and attend community college part time. I attended 3 out of 4 college quarters, taking 10credits per quarter. Full time at this college is usually 12-20 credits. I made over $18,000 last year and paid for all of my college expenses myself. However I lived at my parents house without paying rent. Can my parents claim me?
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Can my parents claim me?

Not if your credit hours were always below full-time status at your school. Your parents would be able to claim you while your are a college student if the following applies:

  • You are between the ages of 19 and 24,

  • You are a full time student for 2016

    • To be a student, they must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months of the year:

      • A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body at the school, or

      • A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1), or by a state, county, or local government agency.

    • The 5 calendar months don't have to be consecutive.

  • You did not provide more than half of her own support.

    • This test is different from the support test to be a qualifying relative, which is described later. However, to see what is or isn't support, see Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) , later. If you aren't sure whether a child provided more than half of his or her own support, you may find Worksheet 2 helpful.

  • You did not file a joint tax return.

    • An exception to the joint return test applies if your child and his or her spouse file a joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid.

Since (it seems that) you were not a full time student, your parents would only be able to claim you as a dependent under the qualifying relative dependent rules. Your income (dependent’s income is limited to 4,050 dollars) is too high for you to qualify as anyone’s dependent under these rules.


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Can my parents claim me?

Not if your credit hours were always below full-time status at your school. Your parents would be able to claim you while your are a college student if the following applies:

  • You are between the ages of 19 and 24,

  • You are a full time student for 2016

    • To be a student, they must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months of the year:

      • A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body at the school, or

      • A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1), or by a state, county, or local government agency.

    • The 5 calendar months don't have to be consecutive.

  • You did not provide more than half of her own support.

    • This test is different from the support test to be a qualifying relative, which is described later. However, to see what is or isn't support, see Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) , later. If you aren't sure whether a child provided more than half of his or her own support, you may find Worksheet 2 helpful.

  • You did not file a joint tax return.

    • An exception to the joint return test applies if your child and his or her spouse file a joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid.

Since (it seems that) you were not a full time student, your parents would only be able to claim you as a dependent under the qualifying relative dependent rules. Your income (dependent’s income is limited to 4,050 dollars) is too high for you to qualify as anyone’s dependent under these rules.


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