TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Is my dog (cat, hamster, canary, goldfish, etc.) a dependent?

No. Although the IRS doesn't specifically spell it out, it is tacitly understood that a dependent must be a human being (spp. Homo sapiens sapiens).

An additional complication is that a dependent must have a Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification number to be claimed as such.