How to claim a child as a dependent on taxes.

Best Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return

Before you get started with your taxes this year, you’ll have to figure out if you can claim the dependent living with you. A dependent can be broken down into 5 main areas which we will discuss on this article. Be sure to go through each scenario to see if your situation qualifies.

Can I claim my child as a dependent?

There are 5 tests that must be met for a child to be considered your qualifying child.

  1. Relationship
  2. Age
  3. Residency
  4. Support
  5. Joint Return

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