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mistymal
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My daughter is married and has a 4 month old, filing single and made less than $4050. Can we claim them both as dependents?

 
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Opus 17
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My daughter is married and has a 4 month old, filing single and made less than $4050. Can we claim them both as dependents?

There are two types of dependent, qualifying child and qualifying relative.

Your child can't be a qualifying child dependent if she is 19 or older and not a full time student.  She can be a qualifying relative dependent if she has less than $4150 of taxable income, you provide more than half her support, and she is not a "taxpayer" this year.  She is a taxpayer if she files a return and claims any dependent or credit other than a simple refund of withholding.  You will need to make sure that she either does not file, or if she does, she checks the box that says "someone else can claim me as a dependent"; and she does not try to claim your grandchild as her dependent.

Your grandchild can be your dependent if she lived in your home more than half the days since she was born (select "lived with us the whole year" in Turbotax), and you have more taxable income than her mother, and as long as her mother does not try to claim her as a dependent.

If your daughter filed a joint return with her spouse, she can't be your dependent.  Your grandchild can still be your dependent but only if your income is higher than the combined income of your daughter and her spouse on their joint return.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Opus 17
Level 15

My daughter is married and has a 4 month old, filing single and made less than $4050. Can we claim them both as dependents?

How old is your daughter?  Did she and your granddaughter live in your home more than half the year (or more than half the time since being born?)

Your daughter can't file as "single" if she is married.  She can choose to file "married filing separately" if she does not want to file jointly with a spouse.  Do you know specifically how she did or will file?
*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
mistymal
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My daughter is married and has a 4 month old, filing single and made less than $4050. Can we claim them both as dependents?

She is 21. They have lived with us at least half a year. I just typed the wrong thing. I knew it was married filing separately.  She has not filed yet so that we will not mess up.
Opus 17
Level 15

My daughter is married and has a 4 month old, filing single and made less than $4050. Can we claim them both as dependents?

There are two types of dependent, qualifying child and qualifying relative.

Your child can't be a qualifying child dependent if she is 19 or older and not a full time student.  She can be a qualifying relative dependent if she has less than $4150 of taxable income, you provide more than half her support, and she is not a "taxpayer" this year.  She is a taxpayer if she files a return and claims any dependent or credit other than a simple refund of withholding.  You will need to make sure that she either does not file, or if she does, she checks the box that says "someone else can claim me as a dependent"; and she does not try to claim your grandchild as her dependent.

Your grandchild can be your dependent if she lived in your home more than half the days since she was born (select "lived with us the whole year" in Turbotax), and you have more taxable income than her mother, and as long as her mother does not try to claim her as a dependent.

If your daughter filed a joint return with her spouse, she can't be your dependent.  Your grandchild can still be your dependent but only if your income is higher than the combined income of your daughter and her spouse on their joint return.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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