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momdoestaxes
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Is my 23yr full-time employed child still my dependent?

my 23 yr old daughter lives with us, and was a full time student for the 1st semester in 2017, graduated in May 2017, and now she is employed full time, still living at home, not providing any support (not paying rent etc). Can I still claim her as a dependent? Turbos Tax says I can but I wonder how will that affect her tax return? 

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ModestaL
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Is my 23yr full-time employed child still my dependent?

Yes, you can still claim your daughter as a dependent if the Qualifying Child rules are met. Your daughter can file her own tax return and receive a refund of the taxes withheld or balance owed. However, she must indicate on her tax return that she can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return (under the personal information section).

To be a Qualifying Child -

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year, (b) under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student or (c) any age and permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Temporary absences while away at college are considered living with you.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 

6. The child must be a U.S. citizen or U.S., Canada or Mexico resident for some portion of the year.

7. The child must be younger than you unless disabled.

Here's a link to the IRS website for more information: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/a-qualifying-child

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ModestaL
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Is my 23yr full-time employed child still my dependent?

Yes, you can still claim your daughter as a dependent if the Qualifying Child rules are met. Your daughter can file her own tax return and receive a refund of the taxes withheld or balance owed. However, she must indicate on her tax return that she can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return (under the personal information section).

To be a Qualifying Child -

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year, (b) under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student or (c) any age and permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Temporary absences while away at college are considered living with you.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 

6. The child must be a U.S. citizen or U.S., Canada or Mexico resident for some portion of the year.

7. The child must be younger than you unless disabled.

Here's a link to the IRS website for more information: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/a-qualifying-child

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cubfan2018
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Is my 23yr full-time employed child still my dependent?

This is confusing.  Reading 2(b): "under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student."  Momdoestaxes's daughter is not a full-time student at the end of the year. So does she only need to be under age 24 at the end of the year? In other words only the first part of the sentence (under age 24) is what is needed "at the end of the year," seeing as daughter graduated in May?
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