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How to claim a child as a dependent on taxes.

Best Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return

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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.

  • Relationship
  • Age
  • Residency
  • Support
  • Joint Return

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Claiming tips on tax return.

When and How to Claim Tips on Your Tax Return

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How to claim tips on your tax return

Did you know that all tips received are income and subject to federal income tax?

This includes tips:

  • Received directly
  • Charged tips paid by employer
  • Shared tips received under a tip splitting or tip pooling arrangement
  • The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items

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How to claim a dependent on your taxes.

How to Claim Your Dependent Relative

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Can I claim my relative as a dependent?

There are four tests that must be met before you can claim a person as your relative.

  1. Did Not Qualify as a Child Test
  2. Member of Your Household or Relationship Test
  3. Gross Income Test
  4. Support Test

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when to file a tax return

Do I Need to File a Tax Return?

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When should I file a tax return?

  • If you are a U.S. citizen, or a resident alien
  • Your gross income (the amount of money you make before anything is taken out for taxes or other deductions) is above the recommended amount listed in the chart below
  • Your filing status and age meet the requirements on the chart below

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Understanding tax exemptions

Tax Exemptions – What You Need to Know

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What are Tax Exemptions?

Tax exemption is a monetary amount given to help reduce your taxable income. Usually, you can deduct a specific amount for each exemption claimed for that particular tax year.

There are 2 types of exemptions you can deduct:

  • Personal exemptions for you and your spouse
  • Exemptions for dependents known as dependency exemptions

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