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A clients parents made $4,431.00 combined income in 2010. Can

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A clients parents made $4,431.00 combined income in 2010. Can both parents be claimed on there children's tax returns?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
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Expert:  Robin D. replied 5 years ago.

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Each person seperately would need to meet the requirements as a dependent. In other words if the Gross income requirement is in question then they each would need to have earned less than $3,650. Unless the earned amount is a joint venture or investment then you cannot take their totals and divide.

To be claimed as a qualifying relative, the person (each person) must meet all of the following criteria:

Not a qualifying child - The dependent cannot be a qualifying child of another taxpayer.

Gross Income – The dependent earns less than the personal exemption amount during the year. For 2009 and 2010, this means the dependent earns less than $3,650.

Total Support – You provide more than half of the dependent's total support during the year.

Relationship – You are related to the dependent in certain ways (Parent is one).

Joint Return – If the dependent is married, the dependent cannot file a joint return with his or her spouse.

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