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Can I claim my mother as a dependent if she is a US citizen

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Can I claim my mother as a dependent if she is a US citizen but she does not live in the US? In 2012, she lived in a foreign country and did not set foot on US soil at all. Also, what kind of proof does IRS require to show that I'm supporting half of her household expense? I give her money periodically when I go visit. She lives with my father who is not a US citizen in a house they own together but I am not claiming him as my dependent. Thanks!
Thanks for asking your question! I'm sorry to hear about your tax issue and I'm going to try my best to help you understand or resolve it.

Thank you for your question and thanks for using JustAnswer.com. In order to claim your mother as a dependent, the following must be true:

1) she earns less than $3,800 per year
2) she does not file a joint return with your father
3) you provide over half her support during the year

The IRS doesn't need proof when you actually claim her, but they could come back during audit and ask to see receipts and proof that you are supporting your parents. If you are not supporting half her living expenses, then you cannot claim her.

You could not ever claim your father, as he is not a US resident or citizen for tax purposes.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I think my question is in the case of audit, what kind of supporting documents shall I prepare to show "I provide over half her support during the year"?


 


I give my mom living expenses with cash when I go visit her in Hongkong.

You would show what you gave your mother, and an estimate of her living expenses.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I give her cash, what can I show? Isn't it funny to ask my mom to write me a receipt?

To show support, you need something better than a receipt from your mother. I would try to wire her the money or do something that you can prove out on a bank statement.

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