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TurboTax 2017 says I can claim 19yr(born 8/10/98) son a dependent still, is this true? I don't think so.

I am using TurboTax 2017 Home Business.  It imported 2016 tax information about my kids.  A son born 8/10/98 turned 19yr in 2017 thus I can not claim as a dependent.  But TurboTax 2017 is claiming him as a dependent still.  He is not in school now so after he turn 18yr I can not claim a a dependent anymore. Is there an error in Turbotax2017??

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TurboTax 2017 says I can claim 19yr(born 8/10/98) son a dependent still, is this true? I don't think so.

Just because you cannot claim your son as a dependent under the Qualifying Child rules does not necessarily mean that you can no longer claim him as a dependent.

You can claim someone as a dependent who is age 19 or older under the Qualifying Relative rules if they meet all the requirements under the rules.  If your son had gross income in 2017 of less than $4,050 and you provided over one-half of his support then you can claim him as a dependent provided he also meets the rest of the rules.

To be a Qualifying Relative -

1. The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. A child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer if the child's parent (or any other person for whom the child is defined as a qualifying child) is not required to file an income tax return or files an income tax return only to get a refund on income tax withheld.

2. The person either (a) must be related to you or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household. 

3. The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,050 (social security does not count) in 2017

4. You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.

5. The person must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S., Canada, or Mexico resident for some part of the year.

6. The person must not file a joint return with their spouse.

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TurboTax 2017 says I can claim 19yr(born 8/10/98) son a dependent still, is this true? I don't think so.

Just because you cannot claim your son as a dependent under the Qualifying Child rules does not necessarily mean that you can no longer claim him as a dependent.

You can claim someone as a dependent who is age 19 or older under the Qualifying Relative rules if they meet all the requirements under the rules.  If your son had gross income in 2017 of less than $4,050 and you provided over one-half of his support then you can claim him as a dependent provided he also meets the rest of the rules.

To be a Qualifying Relative -

1. The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. A child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer if the child's parent (or any other person for whom the child is defined as a qualifying child) is not required to file an income tax return or files an income tax return only to get a refund on income tax withheld.

2. The person either (a) must be related to you or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household. 

3. The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,050 (social security does not count) in 2017

4. You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.

5. The person must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S., Canada, or Mexico resident for some part of the year.

6. The person must not file a joint return with their spouse.

TurboTax 2017 says I can claim 19yr(born 8/10/98) son a dependent still, is this true? I don't think so.

If you would like to see the Qualifying Relative rules from an IRS publication, go to this IRS website for Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information, on page 12 Table 5 Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent and on page 18 for specific Qualifying Relative rules - <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf">https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf</a>
jim123qqq
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TurboTax 2017 says I can claim 19yr(born 8/10/98) son a dependent still, is this true? I don't think so.

Thanks, That was very quick reply.  My bad, I checked the wrong box during TurboTax interview thus my son was claimed as a dependent, But he is not a dependent after checking the correct box.
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