Please explain to me why my son does not count as a dependent on my taxes
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Please explain to me why my son does not count as a dependent on my taxes

he is 17 years old and has lived with me all year in 2016
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Please explain to me why my son does not count as a dependent on my taxes

You can claim him as a dependent but he does not qualify for the Child Tax Credit because of his age. Once a child turns 17, they no longer qualify for the child tax credit for that whole year. Claiming a child as a dependent and claiming the child tax credit are two completely separate and different things.
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