Dependent Calculator for Tax Year 2021

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Keep in mind, the dependent tax calculator on this page is for Tax Year 2021 and you can no longer e-file 2021 IRS or state tax returns anywhere. Use these 2021 Tax Calculators and IRS and State Tax Forms before you print and mail in your returns. Find out if someone qualifies as your dependent below; just answer a few questions and this tool will provide you with the following answers:

Dependents are good news when it comes to tax time as they may entitle you to tax credits, deductions, and other benefits. Use the tool below to see if you may be able to claim one or more dependents on your 2021 Income Tax Return.

For the current tax year, use these free tax calculators and tools to estimate your taxes before you prepare and e-file your current tax return. When you use tax software like the eFile Tax App, we will help you claim your dependent(s) and calculate the Earned Income Tax Credit if you qualify in addition to any dependent credits. You can use the current year's EITCucator tool to find out if you qualify prior to preparing your next tax return. See if a dependent should file a tax return as well if they have earned income, perhaps from a part-time job. Get your tax refund faster via direct deposit and eFileIT for less than other popular tax preparation platforms: IT is Income Taxes!

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Start the 2021 DEPENDucator below to find out if you can claim someone on your 2021 Return. If your situation has not changed since 2021, you can likely claim them again this year, but use this current year dependent calculator to be sure.

Who Is a Dependent on a Tax Return?

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 2021 Tax Return Calculator to estimate your 2021 Return before opening up the free online 2021 IRS Forms. If you have questions about this tool or your next tax return, contact an Taxpert®.

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Qualifying Dependent Educator
Is the person a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico with a valid SSN, ITIN, or ATIN and born on or before December 31, 2021? 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, click on 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 $4,300? 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? Details on Earned Income
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?
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 $3,600 per child?
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 $8,000?
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Once you have an understanding of who qualifies as a dependent on your 2021 Return, use the 2021 Tax Calculators and Forms to prepare your 2021 Taxes.

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