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addisonm24
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If I am filing married,filing jointly, why does it tell me I am not eligible to claim my husband as a dependent if I did not choose that option?

 
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Carl
Level 15

If I am filing married,filing jointly, why does it tell me I am not eligible to claim my husband as a dependent if I did not choose that option?

A married person can not be claimed as a dependent on any tax return. If you are filing a joint return with your husband, then you are both the "tax filers". If you have no children or other qualifying dependents, then you two have no dependents at all.

 

Lawrence49
Level 1

If I am filing married,filing jointly, why does it tell me I am not eligible to claim my husband as a dependent if I did not choose that option?

In effect, when filing as married, filing jointly, both spouses are automatically included in both the standard deduction and the tax rate tables. One selecting the other as a dependent is unnecessary, and doing so would effectively be claiming them twice.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

If I am filing married,filing jointly, why does it tell me I am not eligible to claim my husband as a dependent if I did not choose that option?

I think the 2 answers are missing the point.  The user is filing Joint.  But the program is saying the husband is not eligible to be a dependent which of course they know.  Why is the program saying that?  I think this goes along with the other posts about an error of the spouse being a dependent.  @Carl  can you ask in the Lounge?  

xmasbaby0
Level 15

If I am filing married,filing jointly, why does it tell me I am not eligible to claim my husband as a dependent if I did not choose that option?

@addisonm24 @Lawrence49 

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-topics/help/spouse-claimed-as-a-dependent-box-checked-on-2019-...

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