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evfex
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

 
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Texas Roger
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

If you have temporary absence from home for work, you can still file as if you lived in the home for the entire year.

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evfex
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

My understanding is that I can.  However, my work is in another state.  How would I go about filing with dependent children if I'm claiming income and domicile in another state for more than half the year?
Texas Roger
Level 15

I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

If you have temporary absence from home for work, you can still file as if you lived in the home for the entire year.

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evfex
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

Thank you Roger.  I would agree that this would qualify as a "temporary" absence, even though it's for more than half the year.  Would I just list my wife & children as residents with me, as if they physically lived with me, for the purposes of filing?  This is where I anticipate trouble, especially when dealing with an online form application such as Turbo Tax.  I'm trying to be honest, but if the form doesn't fit my situation exactly, how do I proceed?
Texas Roger
Level 15

I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

You would treat the residence where your family lives as your permanent residence unless you have actually changed your permanent residence. See this TurboTax article on how to handle income from more than one state: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Tax-Planning-and-Checklists/Multiple-States---Figurin...>
evfex
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

Ok.  However, if there is a question about if my children lived with me the entire year, if I answer honestly, then it will not allow the Child Tax Credit, correct?  The Turbo Tax application will assume that we are separated and that she has custody, and hence I cannot claim them as dependents.  On the contrary we are very happily married, I financially provide for my entire family year-round, I just happen to not be there for about 7-months.  Am I wrong?  If not, how would I remedy this?  Thanks again Roger for your time and input!!
Texas Roger
Level 15

I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

When either you or the children are absent temporarily, the correct answer is that you lived together the entire year. This is the honest answer based on tax law since tax law allows for temporary absences to be considered as living together.
evfex
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

Ok!  So answer as if we'd been together the entire time!  Thank you again Roger for the advice!
macuser_22
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

If you are filing jointly with your spouse it does not matter if you live with them at all as long as one of the joint spouses does.  A joint return is one return for both of you.   There is no question question of custody or who lived with the child on a joint return, that is only for married filing separately for parents that are separated and live apart.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
evfex
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I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

Thanks MacUser_22!  This is also similar to how we've felt.  I just remember in the past the Turbo Tax application questioning if "this child lived with you more than half the year..." or something like that.  It was never an issue before, but now this year and also in 2017 I have lived away for about 7 months of the year.  It seems we can move forward Business As Usual.
macuser_22
Level 15

I work away from the home for more than 6-months. I am the sole source of income for my household. My children stay at home with my wife, their mother. Can I still claim them as full-time dependents when filing jointly?

On a joint return that question applies to both joint taxpayers so the answer is they lived with the taxpayer the whole year  (lived with either one or both taxpayers on the joint return).    The "you" in the question is poor wording, but it applies to either taxpayer on the joint return, only one of which needs to have lived with the children.

In addition, as Texas Roger said, if the home where you spouse and children live is your domicile (where you reside, get your mail, vote, etc) and you are only away temporary in order to work, then temporary absences count as time lived at home, unless you have established residence in another location.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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