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Would it be better for me to claim my daughter with no income to report for this past year or her aunt who has worked all year?

 
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Vanessa A
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Would it be better for me to claim my daughter with no income to report for this past year or her aunt who has worked all year?

In order to claim someone as a dependent, the following criteria must be met.

 

 To claim someone as a qualifying child:

  • Your child (including adopted and foster children), your sibling, or a descendent of any of them.
  • Age 18 or younger at the end of the tax year OR under 24 (and younger than you and your spouse) if they are a full-time student
  • Lived with you for more than 6 months during the tax year
  • They did not provide more than half of their own support
  • They did not file a joint return, unless it was to claim a refund

A qualifying Child may allow you to claim Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax

 

To claim someone as a Qualifying Relative, they must be:

  • Your child ( including step children, adoptive children and foster children) or a descendent of them
  • Your sibling (including half siblings) or a child of your sibling or a sibling-in-law
  • Your parent or grandparents, including step parents and in laws
  • Any other person that lived with you for the entire tax year
  • Not a qualifying child of another taxpayer
  • Someone that you provided over half of their support for during the tax year
  • Has less than $4,700 in income (not counting social security)

Claiming someone as a qualifying relative allows you to claim the $500 Non-Refundable Other Dependent Credit 

 

If your daughters aunt worked all year, she likely made more than $4,700.  This means you would not be able to claim her as a dependent.

 

Depending on where your daughter lived, her age and who supported her, you may or may not be able to claim her either.

 

 

 

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