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My mom lived with me last year from May 2 through Dec 21. Her

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My mom lived with me last year from May 2 through Dec 21. Her on file address with her Medicare and Medicaid is actually my sisters address, who is not claiming head of household on her. And, said, she thinks, i can. She receives social security of 671 dollars for expenses. I made mortgage payments of 1495 per month and bought her groceries and utilities. Can I claim head of household using her, disabled, as my dependant parent?
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If your mother's only income was social security income and the money you paid for on her behalf constitute half of your mother's support, she will qualify as your dependent. That is the first hurdle. See page 15 of IRS Pub 501 for a support worksheet

Since she lived with you for more than half the year in a home that (I assume that the mortgage and utilities paid by you are more than half of the cost of upkeep for your home) you pay for, you can claim head of household if she can be claimed as your dependent.

If your sister is claiming the exemption for your mother, you cannot use your mother for head of household.

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