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i am paying, as a non custodian parent, the majority of support

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i am paying, as a non custodian parent, the majority of support for child, as set by income table by child support services, state of louisiana. am i entitled to the standard deducyion for that child?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 7 years ago.
Hello johnny,

The rules that determine which parent can claim a child have nothing to do with the amount of support paid by either parent.

The IRS allows the parent with whom the child lives for most of the year to claim the exemption. In a case where a child spends equal time with both parents, then the tie-breaker rule is that the parent with the highest AGI is allowed to claim the exemption.

If your child does not live with you for most of the year, then the only way you could claim the child as a dependent is if the other parent signed Form 8332 to release their claim to exemption.

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