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amended return to claim 1 additional dependent

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My boyfriend lived with me during all 12 months of last year. My tax filing status is head of household. I never thought to take him as a dependent (member of household) until now. He didn't work and I certainly supported him all twelve months! (shame on me) anyhow, can I file an amended return and claim him as a dependent and still file HOH? (My son also lives with me)I was the only one with income the whole year.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.
There are several tests for claiming someone as a dependent.

Presuming your boyfriend is a U.S. citizen and knowing he resides with you takes care of two of these. He is not a relative (hopefully, as that leads to other complications), so the only question is whether your relationship breaks any laws (against co-habitation, etc.), since the tax law contains provisions prohibiting obtaining a tax benefit to support an illegal activity. This will satisfy another of the tests.

The remaining tests are support and income. You must have supplied more than 1/2 of his support, counting amounts he may have received from his family and spent on his living expenses or public support monies (Social Security, Unemployment, Worker's Compensation, Disability, Insurance proceeds or Welfare). If you paid more than 1/2 of his support (food, clothing, shelter, medical expenses, etc.), then you would pass this test.

The final test is the income test - did he have $ 3,050 or more of income for 2003? If he did, you may not claim him as a dependent.

You can file an amended return for 2003 by contacting your tax professional or just by getting the forms from your public library.
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