TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Who can I claim as my dependent?

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiance (etc.) as a dependent on your 2016 taxes as long as they meet the following requirements:

Qualifying child

  • They aren't (or won't be) claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • They are related to you.
  • They are under the age of 19 or 24 if they are a full time student.  There is no age limit if your child is permanently and totally disabled.
  • They live with you for more than half the year (exceptions apply).

Qualifying relative

  • They aren't (or won't be) claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • They must live with you the entire year.
  • They make less than $4,050 in 2016.
  • You provided more than half of their financial support. More info.
  • You are the only person claiming them.

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.


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