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Claim a dependent half the year

My first time filling half the year with my child's father.  How do I make sure I'm doing this process correctly
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Level 15

Claim a dependent half the year

You cannot claim a dependent for only half a year.

Only the person with whom the child stayed with more than 50% of the nights gets to claim him/her.  So you'll have to count up the exact nights.

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Level 15

Claim a dependent half the year

You cannot claim a dependent for only half a year.

Only the person with whom the child stayed with more than 50% of the nights gets to claim him/her.  So you'll have to count up the exact nights.

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Level 9

Claim a dependent half the year

There is also an option the the custodial parent (assuming you do not live together) can give Form 8332 to the non-custodial parent to allow the non-custodial parent to claim the child's (1) exemption and (2) Child Tax Credit.  If the custodial parent qualifies, the custodial parent would still claim (3) Head of Household, (4) Earned Income Credit, and (5) Child and Dependent Care Credit (daycare).

If you do that, just follow the prompts in TurboTax, and make sure the non-custodial parent mails Form 8332 with the tax return.
New Member

Claim a dependent half the year

Do it have to be mailed in
Level 15

Claim a dependent half the year

2015 returns must be mailed now.
New Member

Claim a dependent half the year

What about the up coming year 2016
Level 15

Claim a dependent half the year

You will be able to efile 2016 early next year.
Level 9

Claim a dependent half the year

If you are referring to Form 8332, TurboTax should have the option to e-file your tax return, BUT Form 8332 would still need to be mailed along with the special Form 8453.
Level 15

Claim a dependent half the year

Good point!
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