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can you choose to file tax independently even if parents support you and can claim you as dependent

Hi

 

I am 17 years old student with some income (W2), interest income and investment gains.  I am living with my parents and they support my expenses including rent (my income is not enough to support 50% of my expenses) . However, I want to file as an independent (even though they can claim me as dependent, I don't want that). Am I allowed to file as independent and they don't claim me as dependent? )

 

thank you

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can you choose to file tax independently even if parents support you and can claim you as dependent

Your parents are not required to claim you as their dependent, but you cannot file as a non-dependent just because they don't claim you. You need to list yourself as a dependent of them on your tax return if you qualify as such, as it may affect the taxability of your income.

 

 

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Level 15

can you choose to file tax independently even if parents support you and can claim you as dependent

Since you CAN be claimed as a dependent you MUST indicate that on the tax return EVEN IF  your parents will NOT claim you as a dependent.  If you do not then you are filing a fraudulent return  ESPECIALLY if you are trying to get the stimulus credit illegally.  

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