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Im divorced, my daughter (21) lives with her mother and commutes

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I'm divorced, my daughter (21) lives with her mother and commutes to college. I pay for my daughter's college and expenses, including rent for my daughter to technically rent her room in her mother's house while she attends school. Her mother and I have continued to alternate years claiming my daughter as dependant even though she's over 18, that's fine w/me, but I'm wondering if I can claim my daughter's school deduction on my taxes if I don't claim her as a dependant this year.
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Thank you for your question, and thank you for using JustAnswer.com. The answer to your question is no, you cannot take the tuition and fees deduction because your daughter is not a dependent on your tax return.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Could I, if I wanted to be a jerk(and I'm not sure I do), claim my daughter as a dependant, because I provide most of my daughter's financial support, and child support is legally over?

Thank you for your question and your follow up. You have two options here. First, you can be a jerk and claim your daughter, and if you get your tax return in first there's not much your ex wife can do about it.

Your second option is to allow your daughter to be claimed on your exes return. In this case, she can take the tuition deduction even though you paid the tuition. Therefore, the deduction isn't lost, it's just not taken on your return.

The choice is up to you. If you want to claim your daughter, then be sure to get the return in first.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I wouldn't do that unless I told my ex I was going to, I'm not that kind of person, just wanted to say that. No response required, thanks for the great service and answers, send back so I can Accept, thnaks again.

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