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Can you claim a spouse member as a dependant if he or she is not working but lives in the household?

Do you have to claim military service connected disability compensation on your tax return or is it tax free
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xmasbaby0
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Can you claim a spouse member as a dependant if he or she is not working but lives in the household?

You NEVER claim a spouse as a dependent.  File a joint return.  

Married Filing Jointly is usually better, even if one spouse had little or no income. When you file a joint return, you and your spouse will get the married filing jointly standard deduction of $24,000 (+$1300 for each spouse 65 or older)  You are eligible for more credits including education credits, earned income credit, child and dependent care credit, and a larger income limit to receive the child tax credit. 

If your spouse is receiving VA benefits they are not taxable and do not get entered on your return.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Can you claim a spouse member as a dependant if he or she is not working but lives in the household?

You NEVER claim a spouse as a dependent.  File a joint return.  

Married Filing Jointly is usually better, even if one spouse had little or no income. When you file a joint return, you and your spouse will get the married filing jointly standard deduction of $24,000 (+$1300 for each spouse 65 or older)  You are eligible for more credits including education credits, earned income credit, child and dependent care credit, and a larger income limit to receive the child tax credit. 

If your spouse is receiving VA benefits they are not taxable and do not get entered on your return.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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