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wopinator
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Why is the child deduction for my 18 year old high school student whom I support less than if he was 17 years old. Stuff I read doesn't support this.

I changed his DOB (temporarily to see) to make him 1 year younger and my refund was over $1000 more. Why does it matter if he's a dependent whom I fully support while he's still in school
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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why is the child deduction for my 18 year old high school student whom I support less than if he was 17 years old. Stuff I read doesn't support this.

You lost the child tax credit in the year that he turned 17.  There are no exceptions to the rule.  You can still claim him as a dependent, but you get the $500 credit for other dependents instead of larger child tax credit.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900923-what-is-the-child-tax-credit 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4499708-what-is-the-500-credit-for-other-dependents-family-tax-cre....


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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why is the child deduction for my 18 year old high school student whom I support less than if he was 17 years old. Stuff I read doesn't support this.

You lost the child tax credit in the year that he turned 17.  There are no exceptions to the rule.  You can still claim him as a dependent, but you get the $500 credit for other dependents instead of larger child tax credit.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900923-what-is-the-child-tax-credit 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4499708-what-is-the-500-credit-for-other-dependents-family-tax-cre....


**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
wopinator
New Member

Why is the child deduction for my 18 year old high school student whom I support less than if he was 17 years old. Stuff I read doesn't support this.

Oh I see. Thank you. Makes sense now.
xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why is the child deduction for my 18 year old high school student whom I support less than if he was 17 years old. Stuff I read doesn't support this.

You are welcome.
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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