• If my grandmother is on social security and medicaid, will this affect her benefits if i claim her?
  • That's not a tax question - you would need to ask the payers of the benefits (but it shouldn't effect the social security.)
You can claim a dependent who is a qualifying relative.   To be a qualifying relative, in addition to being a citizen of the US or a resident of the US, Canada or Mexico:
  •  you must provide more than 1/2 of  their support,
  •  they must not earn more than $3,800 in gross income (social security doesn't count) in 2012.
  •  they must not file a joint return with another
  •  If not an actual relative, they must live with you all 365 days of the year, and
  •  they must not be a qualifying child of another taxpayer

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