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My son lives with me I pay for his cell, car ins, I buy the groceries, pay utilities, why couldn't I claim him as a dependent even though he made at least 4,050?

He cannot afford to live on his own right now so I am sheltering  him.
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My son lives with me I pay for his cell, car ins, I buy the groceries, pay utilities, why couldn't I claim him as a dependent even though he made at least 4,050?

Because those are the rules ... once the child "ages out" of the qualifying child category then their income comes into play in the "qualifying relative" category ...

Who can I claim as my dependent?

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiancé (etc.) as a dependent on your 2017 taxes as long as they meet the following requirements:

Qualifying child

·         They are related to you.

·         They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.

·         They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.

·         They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.

·         They are under the age of 19 (or 24 for full-time students).

o   No age limit for permanently and totally disabled children.

·         They live with you for more than half the year (exceptions apply).

Qualifying relative

·         They don't have to be related to you (despite the name).

·         They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.

·         They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.

·         They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.

·         They lived with you the entire year.

·         They made less than $4,050 in 2017(not including SS benefits).

·         You provided more than half of their financial support. More info

When you add someone as a dependent, we'll ask a series of questions to make sure you can claim them.


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My son lives with me I pay for his cell, car ins, I buy the groceries, pay utilities, why couldn't I claim him as a dependent even though he made at least 4,050?

Because those are the rules ... once the child "ages out" of the qualifying child category then their income comes into play in the "qualifying relative" category ...

Who can I claim as my dependent?

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiancé (etc.) as a dependent on your 2017 taxes as long as they meet the following requirements:

Qualifying child

·         They are related to you.

·         They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.

·         They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.

·         They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.

·         They are under the age of 19 (or 24 for full-time students).

o   No age limit for permanently and totally disabled children.

·         They live with you for more than half the year (exceptions apply).

Qualifying relative

·         They don't have to be related to you (despite the name).

·         They aren't claimed as a dependent by someone else.

·         They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.

·         They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.

·         They lived with you the entire year.

·         They made less than $4,050 in 2017(not including SS benefits).

·         You provided more than half of their financial support. More info

When you add someone as a dependent, we'll ask a series of questions to make sure you can claim them.


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