TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
2257 people found this useful

Can I claim myself or my spouse as a dependent?

Everybody gets one personal exemption, worth up to $4,050 for tax year 2016, either as a filer or as a dependent.

Because you're already getting your exemption as a filer, the IRS won't let you claim yourself again as a dependent. Same goes for your jointly-filing spouse – their exemption is already accounted for on your return, and putting them down as a dependent (even if you support them 100%) would be double-dipping.

There's only one specific case where you can claim your spouse's personal exemption:

  • You're filing your return as Married Filing Separately; and
  • Your spouse had no income; and
  • Your spouse isn't filing a return; and
  • Your spouse isn't being claimed by somebody else as a dependent.

In that case, we'll apply your spouse's exemption to your return.