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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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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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What is the best filing status for taxes?

How to Choose the Best Filing Status

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What Filing Status Should I Use?

It is very important to select the correct filing status when filing your individual tax return. Many tax credits, deductions, and the amount of taxes paid are dependent upon the filing status selected. At times, more than one filing status may apply to you. In this case you should work with your tax advisor to figure out which status is best for you.

The 5 Filing Statuses:

  • Single
  • Married Filing Jointly
  • Married Filing Separately
  • Head of Household
  • Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child

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Welcome to The Handy Tax Guy Blog!

This blog series is here to bring you up to date tax tips, exciting tax breaking news, and answers to your tax preparation questions you’ve always wanted to know. The mission of The Handy Tax Guy is to provide you with an honest, secure, educational, and efficient tax preparation experience through the help of our friendly and knowledgeable Advisors. Read More

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