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Im raising two grandsons my income is social security .can i

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im raising two grandsons my income is social security .can i claim them
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 11 months ago.

Yes - you might be able to claim your grandchildren - however

if your ONLY income is from social security benefits - nothing is taxable and claiming dependents will NOT provide any tax benefits.

Expert:  lev-tax replied 11 months ago.

Tests To Be a Qualifying Child:

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), (b) under age 24 at the end of the year, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.

5. The child must not be filing a joint return for the year (unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid).

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If ALL these conditions are met - your child is a dependent.

But as far as this test satisfied - you are OK.

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