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Does Your Child Qualify as a Dependent?

Who is my dependent?

Important: Starting with Tax Year 2018 (Jan. - Dec. 2018), tax returns are changing due to Tax Reform. Our DEPENDucator tax tool is currently for Tax Year 2017, but you may use it now to get an idea of your 2018 Taxes. We will update the tool and this page as the IRS finalizes the 2018 Tax Return information. Tax Reform and you? Let help you and become eligible to Tax Win. Find out now.

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 "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.

Why Do I Claim a Dependent?

It's good to claim dependents on your tax return! Dependents mean tax exemptions and may also qualify you for certain tax credits and/or a better filing status.

Find out how to claim a dependent on your tax return.

What if Someone Is Not My Qualifying Child?

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 My Child is a Dependent, Do They Need to File Their Own Tax Return?

Visit our guide on whether or not a dependent is required to file a tax return.