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d-vizcaino92
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Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

She may be able to claim you as a dependent under the Qualifying Relative rules if you meet all the requirements.

To be a Qualifying Relative -

1. The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. A child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer if the child's parent (or any other person for whom the child is defined as a qualifying child) is not required to file an income tax return or files an income tax return only to get a refund on income tax withheld.

2. The person either (a) must be related to you or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household. 

3. The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,050 (social security does not count) in 2017

4. You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.

5. The person must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S., Canada, or Mexico resident for some part of the year.

6. The person must not file a joint return with their spouse.

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Carl
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

Were you a college student in 2017?
d-vizcaino92
New Member

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

Yes
SweetieJean
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

How old are you?
d-vizcaino92
New Member

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

25
d-vizcaino92
New Member

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

Damn i forgot to mention the most important part... My mom who is claiming me as her dependent lives in Mexico
DoninGA
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

Did you have gross income in 2017 of $4,050 or more?
d-vizcaino92
New Member

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

no
Carl
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

If you were NOT under the age of 24 on Dec 31 (and you were not) and if you have more than $4,050 of earned income in 2017, then your parents do not qualify to claim you as a dependent on their tax return. Period. Support doesn't matter. So did you have more than $4,050 of taxable income in 2017?
SweetieJean
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

@Carl   $4,050 of income (not just earned income)
@d.vizcaino92   Any scholarships or grants?
Carl
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

Yes. I should have stated "reportable" income.
DoninGA
Level 15

Do I file taxes as a dependent if my parents pay for more than half of my expenses?

She may be able to claim you as a dependent under the Qualifying Relative rules if you meet all the requirements.

To be a Qualifying Relative -

1. The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. A child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer if the child's parent (or any other person for whom the child is defined as a qualifying child) is not required to file an income tax return or files an income tax return only to get a refund on income tax withheld.

2. The person either (a) must be related to you or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household. 

3. The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,050 (social security does not count) in 2017

4. You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.

5. The person must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S., Canada, or Mexico resident for some part of the year.

6. The person must not file a joint return with their spouse.

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