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Dependent Parents - Dont have SSN

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I am a resident alien in U.S. My parents are dependents. They visited me for few months in 2004 from abroad. I could not apply for their SSN during their previous visit. I am planning to apply for theire SSN when they revisit me in 2005.

When i was trying to file for tax as a head of household filing status, i was unable to list my parents as dependents as they do not have SSN nos. currently. I am able to list my filing status as single only as of now.

Is there a way to claim for a tax exemption for my 2004 filing with dependent status or can i claim later. Pl. let me know.

Thanks.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 Your parents will not qualify you as HOH.  You must have a dependent child in order to claim HOH.


In order to claim ANYONE, they have to have a social security number, their income must be less than $3100 and you had to provide more than 50% of their support during the year.


Since your parents only visited you for a short time, it does not sound like they qualify for dependent status.


Let me know if you do not understand or if you still have questions.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: I support my parents who stay abroad but visit me here once in a while and provide more than 50% of their support during the year.

When i checked few tax sites, it mentioned that you can claim dependent parents even if they have not lived with you during the year.

Can i then claim for them as dependents (living abroad) with SINGLE status ?
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 In order for you to claim them, they would have to have an ITIN# XXXXX a SSN.


Your status does not determine whether or not you can claim dependents.  A single person can claim dependents if the dependent meets the criteria.

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