Qualifying Relative as a Dependent

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According to IRS rules, you can claim someone as a dependent on your tax return if they are a qualifying relative - boyfriend/girlfriend, sibling, etc. - or a qualifying child dependent. To find out if someone is your qualifying relative, simply use our "RELucator" tax tool! Once you answer a few simple questions about your tax situation, you will determine if you can claim someone as a qualifying relative. It's that easy!

Also, check out the DEPENDucator if you are not certain about the status of the relative, etc., or if the person in question is not a qualifying relative.

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Can You Claim Your Relative as a Dependent?
Is the person yours or anyone else's Qualifying Child?

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 the end.

See all of the requirements for claiming a qualifying relative as your dependent.

Can You Claim a Tax Credit for Having a Non-Child Dependent?  

You can claim a nonrefundable tax credit, the Credit for Other Dependents, for $500 per dependent that is your qualifying relative (not your qualifying child) and 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).

This credit is available for Tax Years 2018-2025 and may have age restrictions.

If a person does not qualify as your qualifying relative, you can still claim them as a dependent if they are your qualifying child. If they are not your qualifying child or relative, then you cannot claim them as a dependent. Dependents are good news regarding your tax return because they may qualify you for other tax deductions and credits.

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