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Anna2
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My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative

"My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative"
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bwa
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My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative

If he is a US Citizen he may be a qualifying relative, but cannot be a qualifying child (because he did not live with you.)

To claim someone as a dependent as a qualifying relative they must meet the following criteria:

  • they must be a citizen of the US or a resident of the US, Canada or Mexico:
  • you must provide more than 1/2 of the individuals support,
  • they must not earn more than $4,050 in 2016 in gross income subject to tax (social security doesn't count)
  • they are not a qualifying child of another taxpayer, and
  • they must not file a joint return with another
  • If not a close relative or if they are unrelated to you, they must live with you all 12 months of the year.


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bwa
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Alumni

My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative

Is he a US citizen?
Anna2
New Member

My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative

Yes he is
bwa
Alumni
Alumni

My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative

If he is a US Citizen he may be a qualifying relative, but cannot be a qualifying child (because he did not live with you.)

To claim someone as a dependent as a qualifying relative they must meet the following criteria:

  • they must be a citizen of the US or a resident of the US, Canada or Mexico:
  • you must provide more than 1/2 of the individuals support,
  • they must not earn more than $4,050 in 2016 in gross income subject to tax (social security doesn't count)
  • they are not a qualifying child of another taxpayer, and
  • they must not file a joint return with another
  • If not a close relative or if they are unrelated to you, they must live with you all 12 months of the year.


Anna2
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My nephew was born in America but he lives in Nigeria. I usually send money to his mother for his upkeep. Can I claim my nephew as a qualifying child or relative

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