Qualifying Relative Dependent in 2022
Dependents and qualifying relatives provide substantial tax savings; see below if you can claim a qualifying relative as a dependent on your return. Information on children and taxes.
Who Is Your Other Dependent?
Taxpayers with qualifying dependents who don't qualify for the Child Tax Credit may be able to claim this tax credit (non-refundable) for other dependents. A qualifying relative is a person who meets the IRS requirements to be your dependent for tax purposes. If someone is your qualifying relative, then you can claim them as a dependent on your tax return. They may also qualify for the Child Tax Credit, Credit for Other Dependents, or the Child and Dependent Care Credit.
Certain relative dependents for tax purposes may be:
- Of any age, including those who are age 18 or older
- Dependents who have Social Security numbers or individual taxpayer identification numbers
- Dependent parents or other qualifying relatives supported by the taxpayer
- Dependents living with the taxpayer who aren't related to the taxpayer, such as a boyfriend or girlfriend - never a married spouse.
Despite the name, an IRS Qualifying Relative does not necessarily have to be related to you. This means you may be able to claim a niece or nephew, but you also may be able to claim your boyfriend or girlfriend on your taxes. Use this tax tool below to find out if you have a qualifying relative and see if they qualify for other tax credits.
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See more details on claiming a qualifying relative on your return. Generally, if someone lives with you and you take care of them, they may qualify as your dependent for tax purposes. This includes family relatives, but also can include a boyfriend or girlfriend. It does not, however, include a wife or husband for which you provide support for. There are no circumstances when you can claim your spouse as a dependent on your taxes, even if you provide their support (stay-at-home parent, disabled spouse, unemployed, etc.). When you file as married filing jointly, you are given several tax breaks.
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