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married2014-
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My son worked in 2017 and he is filing his taxes this year and I wanted to know if I can still claim him on my taxes as well because I'm still his mine support system.

Can I claim my 16 year old son because he's filing taxes this year as well.

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MinhT
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My son worked in 2017 and he is filing his taxes this year and I wanted to know if I can still claim him on my taxes as well because I'm still his mine support system.

You can claim your 16-year-old son as a dependent even if he worked in 2018

He can file his own tax return but has to indicate in the My Info section that he can be claimed as a dependent by someone else.

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MinhT
Expert Alumni

My son worked in 2017 and he is filing his taxes this year and I wanted to know if I can still claim him on my taxes as well because I'm still his mine support system.

You can claim your 16-year-old son as a dependent even if he worked in 2018

He can file his own tax return but has to indicate in the My Info section that he can be claimed as a dependent by someone else.

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Hal_Al
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My son worked in 2017 and he is filing his taxes this year and I wanted to know if I can still claim him on my taxes as well because I'm still his mine support system.

A child of a taxpayer can still be a “Qualifying Child” (QC) dependent, regardless of his/her income, if:

1. He is under age 19, or under 24 if a full time student for at least 5 months of the year, or is totally & permanently disabled

2. He did not provide more than 1/2 his own support. Scholarships are considered third party support and not as support provided by the student.

3. He lived with the parent (including temporary absences such as away at school) for more than half the year

 

So, it doesn't matter how much he earned. What matters is how much he spent on support. Money he put into savings does not count as support he spent on him self.

The support value of the home, provided by the parent, is the fair market rental value of the home plus utilities & other expenses divided by the number of occupants.

 

Furthermore, there is a rule that says IF somebody else CAN claim him as a dependent, he is not allowed to claim himself. If he has sufficient income (usually more than $12.000), he can & should still file taxes. In TurboTax, he indicates that somebody else can claim him as a dependent, at the personal information section.  TT will check that box on form 1040.

Even if he had less, he is allowed to file if he needs to get back income tax withholding. He cannot get back social security or Medicare tax withholding.


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