Qualifying Relative As A Dependent

This qualifying relative tool is for tax year 2018: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018. You can no longer e-File 2018 IRS or State tax returns. However, you can complete and sign the 2018 IRS Tax Forms online, before you download, print and mail them to the IRS. Select your state tax forms here.

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You can claim someone as a dependent on your tax return if, according to IRS rules, they are a Qualifying Relative or a Qualifying Dependent e.g. Child etc.. Use the 2018 DEPENDucator to determine if a person might be a qualified dependent on your tax return.

Simply use the  RELucator tax tool below to find out if a relative qualified as a dependent in 2018 on your tax return. Once you answer a few simple questions about your tax situation, you will find out if you can claim someone as a qualifying relative. It's that easy! Use our other free tax tools to discover your filing status, find out if you can claim tax credits, and more! 

2018 RELucator
Qualifying Relative Dependent Educator
If you are the taxpayer, is this person:

The "RELucator" tax tool will help you determine if someone is your Qualifying Relative and therefore your dependent.

Just answer the "Yes" and "No" questions until you reach a conclusion.

See all of the requirements for claiming a Qualifying Relative as your dependent.

You can claim a nonrefundable tax credit up to $500 for a dependent that is your qualifying relative (not your qualifying childand does not qualify you to claim the Child Tax Credit. The credit amount begins to phase out at a maximum income of $200,000 ($400,000 for Married Filing Jointly taxpayers). These tax credit is available for Tax Years 2018-2025 and may have age restrictions. Keep checking this page for updates on this credit as the IRS releases them.

What if Someone Is Not My Qualifying Relative? You can still claim them as a dependent if they are your Qualifying Child. Find out if someone is your Qualifying Child.

If they are not your Qualifying Child nor your Qualifying Relative, then you cannot claim them as a dependent. Dependents are good news when it comes to your tax return. That's because dependents may qualify you for other tax deductions and credits.

Find out how to claim dependents on your tax return.

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