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If I have a foster child for more than 6 months of the ...

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If I have a foster child for more than 6 months of the year can I claim head of household and claim them as a depentent?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  RD replied 8 years ago.

Yes, you can claim the head od household status and claim him as a dependent.

See rules form irs below-

To qualify for head of household status, you must be either unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. You are considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year if you meet all the following tests.

  1. You file a separate return

  2. You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the tax year.

  3. Your spouse did not live in your home during the last 6 months of the tax year. Your spouse is considered to live in your home even if he or she is temporarily absent due to special circumstances. .

  4. Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or foster child for more than half the year.

  5. You must be able to claim an exemption for the child.


Let me know if you have any question.


Please note: This advice is provided with the understanding that all the relevant facts have been provided by you. Any change in facts might affect the advice given and hence may not be relied on in such cases. Nothing contained in this reply was intended or written to be used, can be used by any taxpayer, or may be relied upon or used by any taxpayer for the purposes of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

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