Dependent Pages

Dependent Calculator or DEPENDucator

Find out if a person qualifies as your Dependent on a 2022 tax return by answering these questions below.

Dependent Qualification
Is this individual e.g. child a U.S. citizen, a U.S. resident alien, a U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico?
Relationship Qualification
Is the child either your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister, or a descendant (e.g. niece, nephew, grandchild etc.) of any of them?
Age Qualification
Is the child either one of these three:
1. Under the age of 19 as of December 31, 2022 and younger than you (or your spouse if married filing jointly). OR
2. Under age 24 as of December 31, 2022, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse if married filing jointly). OR
3. Any age if permanently and totally disabled.
Residency Qualification
Did the child live with you for more than 6 months during 2022? Generally, a child of divorced or separated parents is the qualifying child of the custodial parent.
Child Support Qualification
Did you provide support for this child for more than 6 months during 2022?
Child's Tax Return
Did the child file a joint return for 2022 (unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid)?
Claimed By Another Taxpayer
Are you filing a married filing joint return and you and/or your spouse is/are claimed as a dependent by an other taxpayer?
Dependent Of Another Person
Does this child also qualify to be a dependent of another person?
The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the year. If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the rules for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), described earlier, a noncustodial parent can claim the child if the following applies click here.
If somebody claimed a child incorrectly e.g in the case of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) learn about the IRS Tie Braker rules. If somebody already claimed your dependent on a tax return for the given tax year, you can prepare your return(s) on before you download, print and mail them in but you can NOT e-file and claim the dependent. What to do if your dependent has been claimed? Once you submitted your return you will need to contact the IRS and they will apply the tie braker rules.

Dependents are generally people (children, relatives even certain friends) who receive support, primarily financially, from someone who will claim them on their taxes for certain deductions and credits. This dependent tool or DEPENDucator will answer if you can claim a person as a qualifying dependent on your Tax Return.

No, you can not claim this person as your Dependent.
This individual might qualify as your Qualifying Relative Find out
Yes, you can claim this person as your Dependent.
A Dependent might qualify for the Child Tax Credit, worth up to $2,000 per child?
Can you claim the Dependent Care Credit for this person, worth up to $2,100? Find out
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