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ladybug04257
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My son turned 18 in July. He worked form June to August and then from October on going. Does he need to file on his own or can I claim him this year?

I did support him all year. I don't see where to add his income.
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DoninGA
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My son turned 18 in July. He worked form June to August and then from October on going. Does he need to file on his own or can I claim him this year?

You should be able to claim him as your dependent under the Qualifying Child rules if he meets all the requirements.  His income is not a factor in claiming him as your dependent.  You do not enter his earned income reported on a W-2 or income from self-employment on your tax return.  He would file his own tax return and indicate on the return that he can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return.

To be a Qualifying Child -

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year, (b) under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student or (c) any age and permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Temporary absences while away at college are considered living with you.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 

6. The child must be a U.S. citizen or U.S., Canada or Mexico resident for some portion of the year.

7. The child must be younger than you unless disabled.

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DoninGA
Level 15

My son turned 18 in July. He worked form June to August and then from October on going. Does he need to file on his own or can I claim him this year?

You should be able to claim him as your dependent under the Qualifying Child rules if he meets all the requirements.  His income is not a factor in claiming him as your dependent.  You do not enter his earned income reported on a W-2 or income from self-employment on your tax return.  He would file his own tax return and indicate on the return that he can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return.

To be a Qualifying Child -

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year, (b) under age 24 at the end of the year and a full-time student or (c) any age and permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Temporary absences while away at college are considered living with you.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 

6. The child must be a U.S. citizen or U.S., Canada or Mexico resident for some portion of the year.

7. The child must be younger than you unless disabled.

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