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Dependent Calculator

Dependent Calculator

This tool is being updated for tax year 2022. Find out if someone qualifies as your dependent: just answer a few questions and this tool will provide you with the following answers:

See an overview of child-related tax savings.

When you prepare and eFile your 2022 Tax Return  the eFile tax app will calculate the Earned Income Tax Credit for you and will find out if you qualify in addition to any dependent credits. In the meantime, you can use the EITCucator tool to find out if you do or don't qualify prior to preparing your next tax return. See if a dependent should file a tax return as well.

What Is a Dependent Person?

Dependents are generally people who receive support, primarily financially, from someone who will claim them on their taxes for certain deductions and credits. Once you know the results of the DEPENDucator, use the 2022 Tax Return Calculator and estimate your next tax return or simply start your tax return now. If you have questions about this tool or your next tax return, contact an Taxpert®.

Find Out Who Your Qualified Dependent Is:

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Qualifying Relative Educator
Is the person a United States Citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico with a valid SSN, ITIN, or ATIN who was born on or before December 31, 2022? More Qualifying Details
How is this person related to you? Relationship Details
Was the child under the age of 18 as of Dec. 31 of the tax year? Dependents and Age
Was your child:
  • - Under age 19?
  • - A student under age 24?
  • - Permanently or totally disabled at any age?
  • If any of the above are true, select Yes below.
Did the child live with you for more than half of the year?
Did the child provide more than half of his or her own support for the year?
Did the child file a joint tax return?
Is the person a qualifying dependent of any other taxpayer?
Did the person live with you all year as a member of your household?
Was the person's gross income for the year MORE than $4,400? Qualifying Relative Income
Did you provide more than half - 50% plus - of the person's total support for the year? Support Details
Did you have earned income during the tax year? Earned Income Details
Did you pay expenses for the care of your dependent to allow you to work or look for work? Dependent Care Expense Details
Are you excluding or deducting at least $3,000 of dependent care benefits for this dependent? Care Benefits Details
Were your dependent care payments made to:
  • - Someone you or your spouse could claim as a dependent?
  • - Your spouse?
  • - The parent of your qualifying child who is under age 14?
  • - Your child who was under age 19 at the end of the tax year?
Select your filing status:
Do you know the care provider’s name, address, and identifying number? Or if not, did you make a reasonable effort to get this information? (See due diligence.)
Here are your results:
Is this person your dependent and can they be included on your tax return?
Does this person qualify for the Child Tax Credit, worth up to $2,000 per child? Why not $3,600?
Does this person qualify for the Credit for Other Dependents, worth up to $500 per person?
Can you claim the Dependent Care Credit for this person, worth up to $2,100? Why not $8,000?
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