Qualifying Dependents for 2022

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Even though we might dependent on our pets, they can not be claimed on a tax return :)

There are two types of qualifying tax return dependents:

  • Qualifying child(ren) or qualifying relatives. You can not claim the same individual for both types. In case a person does not qualify as qualifying child (tool below), use the qualifying relative tool to find out more. Even though it says relative, a non-relative might also qualify.

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Dependent Details and Help

Dependents are generally people who receive support, primarily financially, from someone who will claim them on their taxes for certain deductions and credits. This dependent tool will answer if you can claim a person as a qualifying dependent on your 2022 Tax Return. The qualifying relative tool will answer if a relative can be a dependent on your tax return. Find an overview of all child-related tax deductions and credits, plus find out if your dependent needs to or should file a tax return as well.

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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? Details, Exceptions
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? Relationship Details
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.
Age Details
Did the child live with you for more than 6 months during 2022? Residency Details, Exceptions
Did you provide support for this child for more than 6 months during 2022? Child Support Details
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)? Details
Are you filing a married filing joint return and you and/or your spouse is/are claimed as a dependent by an other taxpayer? Details
Does this child also qualify to be a dependent of another person? Details
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 eFile.com 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.
No, You can not claim this person as your Dependent.
Will this person qualify as your Qualifying Relative
Yes, You can claim this person as your Dependent.
Does this person 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?
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