How to claim a dependent on your taxes.

How to Claim Your Dependent Relative

Many people are curious as to who qualifies as a dependent on a tax return. I get questions like:

  • Can I claim my college students?
  • Is a spouse a dependent?
  • Can I claim my girlfriend on my taxes?

These are just a few of the must common questions asked. On today’s article I will explain who qualifies as a dependent on your taxes this year.

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when to file a tax return

Do I Need to File a Tax Return?

As the new tax season approaches, it is good to know what your filing status will be and if you even need to file taxes. How do you determine if you need to file a tax return? I’ll answer that question for your in today’s article. I’ll also breakdown moments when you’re not required to file a tax return.

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What is the best filing status for taxes?

How to Choose the Best Filing Status

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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