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consuelacruz
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My sister (16) has been living with me since May-2016 before that, she lived with our mother. Can I file my sister as a dependent? Who has the right me or my mother?

My mother hasn’t helped at all financially, and I’m in process of getting parental authority of my sister. I know she is going to try to file for my sister but do I have a right to?
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Opus 17
Level 15

My sister (16) has been living with me since May-2016 before that, she lived with our mother. Can I file my sister as a dependent? Who has the right me or my mother?

For the tax year 2017, you can claim your sister as a dependent if she lived with you more than half the nights of the year, is under age 19 or is a full time student under age 24, did not provide more than half her own support, and if you are older than she is.

Her parent can't claim her if the child did not live with the parent (live in the same home as the parent) more than half the nights of the year.

*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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xmasbaby0
Level 15

My sister (16) has been living with me since May-2016 before that, she lived with our mother. Can I file my sister as a dependent? Who has the right me or my mother?

IRS interview to help determine who can be claimed:
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**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Opus 17
Level 15

My sister (16) has been living with me since May-2016 before that, she lived with our mother. Can I file my sister as a dependent? Who has the right me or my mother?

For the tax year 2017, you can claim your sister as a dependent if she lived with you more than half the nights of the year, is under age 19 or is a full time student under age 24, did not provide more than half her own support, and if you are older than she is.

Her parent can't claim her if the child did not live with the parent (live in the same home as the parent) more than half the nights of the year.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
TaxGuyBill
Level 9

My sister (16) has been living with me since May-2016 before that, she lived with our mother. Can I file my sister as a dependent? Who has the right me or my mother?

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TaxGuyBill
Level 9

My sister (16) has been living with me since May-2016 before that, she lived with our mother. Can I file my sister as a dependent? Who has the right me or my mother?

Sorry, never mind my previous comment.  It was wrong.
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