Who can I claim as my dependent?
You can claim someone as your dependent if they meet all of the following:
- You provided more than half of their support.
- They made less than $4,000 in gross income.
- They live with you or they are related to you.
- They aren’t a dependent on someone else’s taxes.
- They aren’t doing their taxes with a spouse (married filing jointly).
- They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
You can’t claim a dependent if you are a dependent on someone else’s taxes.
It's OK if you're still not sure about your dependent situation. We'll ask you all the right questions to figure out all your dependent details.
- Does a dependent have to live with me?
- What does "financially support another person" mean?
- Can I claim myself or my spouse as a dependent?
- Can I claim my parent as a dependent?
- Is my dog (cat, hamster, canary, goldfish, etc.) a dependent?