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Can you claim as a dependent the person who qualifies you as head of household?

We have someone living with us who is not a relative.  This person lived with us the entire year and we provided food and shelter.

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Can you claim as a dependent the person who qualifies you as head of household?

Yes, you may be able to claim them as a  dependent if:

  • You provided more than half of their support.
  • They made less than $4,050 in gross taxable income. (Social Security income generally doesn’t count here.)
  • They lives with you (365 days in the year) or they are related to you.
  • They aren't a dependent on someone else’s taxes.
  • They aren't doing their taxes with a spouse (married filing jointly).
  • They is a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident. 

You can’t claim a dependent if you are a dependent on someone else’s taxes

See Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return:

When you fill out the Personal Info section of TurboTax, TurboTax will determine whether or not your situation qualifies for Head of Household. You can double-check your entries in this section to make sure that all of the information has been entered correctly. 

To qualify as Head of Household, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Pay for more than half of the household expenses
  • Be considered unmarried for the tax year, and
  • You must have a qualifying child or dependent.

You can find out more information about the requirements for filing as Head of Household here

The filing status Head of Household is triggered after reviewing your dependents information. To review this information, follow the steps below:

  • Sign into your TurboTax online account
  • Click Take me to my return
  • Click the Personal Info tab
  • Click Edit next to the name of your dependent
  • You will then be asked a series of questions, and then you would answer the question asking if you paid more than 50 percent to maintain the home. 
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