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ShelbyCarroll09
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My girlfriend and I have been living together since May 2017. She hasn't had a job while we were together. Can I claim her as a dependent?

 
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DoninGA
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My girlfriend and I have been living together since May 2017. She hasn't had a job while we were together. Can I claim her as a dependent?

No you cannot claim her as a dependent on your tax return.  To claim a non-relative as a dependent they must live in your household for the entire year.

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DoninGA
Level 15

My girlfriend and I have been living together since May 2017. She hasn't had a job while we were together. Can I claim her as a dependent?

No you cannot claim her as a dependent on your tax return.  To claim a non-relative as a dependent they must live in your household for the entire year.

SweetieJean
Level 15

My girlfriend and I have been living together since May 2017. She hasn't had a job while we were together. Can I claim her as a dependent?

She still needs to file a return for any 2017 income that she did receive.
Hal_Al
Level 15

My girlfriend and I have been living together since May 2017. She hasn't had a job while we were together. Can I claim her as a dependent?

There are two types of dependents, "Qualifying Children"(QC) and standard ("Qualifying Relative" in IRS parlance even though they don't have to actually be related). There is no income limit for a QC but there is an age limit, a relationship test and a residence test. Only a QC qualifies a taxpayer for the Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

A person can still be a Qualifying relative dependent, if not a Qualifying Child, if he meets the 6 tests for claiming a dependent:
1. Closely Related OR live with the taxpayer ALL year
2. His/her gross taxable income for the year must be less than $4,050 (2016-17)
3. The taxpayer must have provided more than 1/2 his support
In either case:
4. He must be a US citizen or resident of the US, Canada or Mexico
5. He must not file a joint return with his spouse or be claiming a dependent of his own
6. He must not be the qualifying child of another taxpayer
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