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how do I claim a child that has lived with me all year but

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how do I claim a child that has lived with me all year but is not related to me?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 4 years ago.

Please find rules for claiming a dependent in IRS publication 501 page 12 - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

I put extract here for your convenience

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So if the child is not related to you - the child is not your qualified child, but may be your qualified relative if the child is not a qualified child for anybody else and lived with you whole year.

In this case - you might be eligible to claim the child as a dependent.

 

Let me know if you need any help.

 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The mother of the child was incarcerated in January 2009, and I brought the child from Arizona to live with me until she gets out. The mother cannot file a 2009 return because she has not worked. This child is of no blood relation to me, but I have supported this child all year. How do I claim the child as a qualifying relative?
Expert:  Lev replied 4 years ago.

Seems as the child did not live with the mother at least 6 months and is not her qualified child for tax purposes.

If the child is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction - the child is your qualified child and may be claimed as such.

If the child is not placed with you by an authorized placement agency - the child may be only your qualified relative - but has to live with your whole 2009 year - if the child lived with you less then the whole year - the unrelated child may not be your qualified relative.

 

To claim the child in this situation - you need to obtain an authorized placement, or decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction.

Let me know if you need any help.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
So I am filing my taxes online with H&R Block. Will I be able to do this claiming the child as a qualifying relative online and efile? Or do I have to do a paper return with proper documentation? If I do get a custodial order from the court, what do I do with the paperwork?
Expert:  Lev replied 4 years ago.

If you qualify - you may claim a dependent filing tax return online - it doesn't matter if your dependent is a qualified child or a qualified relative to be able to file online.

You do not need to provide any documentation to the IRS - unless the IRS asks to proof qualifications for claiming a dependent.

All supporting documents you need to keep with a copy of your tax return - and should be able to provide to the IRS if requested - but do not send with your tax return.

 

Let me know if you need any help.

 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
So there would be no reason for the IRS to reject my return if I claim the child as a qualifying dependent? Also the child has 2 last names, it's Arrellano-Hernandez, so do I enter Arrellano or Hernandez for the last name?
Expert:  Lev replied 4 years ago.

The IRS doesn't use the term "qualifying dependent"

You are claiming a DEPENDENT.

To be your dependent - the person must be either your qualifying child or a qualifying relative.

Please see definition for each above.

 

Claiming dependents with complex names is a headache.

Generally it should much whatever the IRS has in their system. In most situations it is the same which is listed on the social security card.

I would enter the full name and submit.

If for whatever reason that will be rejected - try to resubmit using the first part only.

Than what we usually do with complex names.

Sorry - there is no simple solution.

 

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