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Could you claim a relative as a dependent who receives cash assistance and food stamps

 
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Could you claim a relative as a dependent who receives cash assistance and food stamps

You can claim your relative as a dependent if he/she passes all of the following tests:

  1. The person can't be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. 
  2. The person must live with you all year as a member of your household (and your relationship must not violate local law). 
  3. The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,050 (Social assistance and food stamps do not count as income)
  4. You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.
  5. The person is a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national.
  6. The person is not a married person who files a joint return unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid.

 


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Could you claim a relative as a dependent who receives cash assistance and food stamps

You can claim your relative as a dependent if he/she passes all of the following tests:

  1. The person can't be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. 
  2. The person must live with you all year as a member of your household (and your relationship must not violate local law). 
  3. The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,050 (Social assistance and food stamps do not count as income)
  4. You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.
  5. The person is a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national.
  6. The person is not a married person who files a joint return unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid.

 


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Could you claim a relative as a dependent who receives cash assistance and food stamps

Since you identified the person as a relative, he would not have to have been a member of the household all year (for tax purposes cousins don't count as relatives).
Assuming the relative does not qualify as a "Qualifying Child", the amount of support you provided would have to be more than the assistance, food stamps and support he got from others and himself.

See full dependent rules at <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Family/Rules-for-Claiming-a-Dependent-on-Your-Tax-Ret...>
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