Does Your Child Qualify as a Dependent?
If you're not sure if someone is your dependent on your tax return (or if somebody meets the IRS definition of a Qualifying Child or a Qualifying Relative), use the free efile.com "DEPENDucator" or Qualifying Child Dependent Educator tax tool below:
The "DEPENDucator" Tax Tool will help you determine if someone is your Qualifying Child and your dependent. Just answer the "Yes" and "No" questions until the "DEPENDucator" provides you with an answer. Our DEPENDucator is a multi-year tool so you can use it for previous years’ tax returns as well! See all of the requirements for claiming a Qualifying Child as a dependent.
It's good to claim dependents on your tax return because they may qualify you for certain tax credits and/or a better filing status. Find out how to claim a dependent on your tax return.
If someone is NOT your Qualifying Child, you can still claim them as a dependent if they are your Qualifying Relative. Find out if someone is your Qualifying Relative.
If you are not sure if your dependent needs to file their own tax return, visit our guide on whether or not a dependent is required to file a tax return.