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Hello, I have remodelled my home, and my elderly 90 year old

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Hello, I have remodelled my home, and my elderly 90 year old parents moved in with me in Dec. I am single w/ 2 teenage girls. For 2011 taxes, can we file 1 return (between my parents and I) with my filing as 'head of household' and claiming them as dependants? Or are they required to ALSO file a return? Thank you for your time. (their income is limited to SS, and airforce retirment - under 3600/mth)
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Richard replied 5 years ago.

Good morning. Your living arrangements do not dictate who has to file a return. Whether or not any particular person has to file a return is based upon their income levels, not who they live with. If your parents had an income level that required them to file a return prior to moving in with you, they still have that requirement.



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Customer: replied 5 years ago.


So my parents did file a return prior to moving in...fathers retirement is 2900/mth, and then they receive social security.

I work fulltime and file a return.

Now that we all live together, I pay all the bills, they no longer drive I take them to all apts, and pay for their medications...

Is there a way to combine things and only I file a return?..looking to make this as cost effective for us as possible.


Expert:  Richard replied 5 years ago.
Unfortunately, the IRS doesn't all a "group" return. I'm sorry!!