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I have a questions about claiming a dependent who receives

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Hi ***** *****, My name is ***** ***** I have a questions about claiming a dependent who receives SSI benefits.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: My roommate is on SSI and receives 900/month. He gives me about 400 for household expenses - rent, utilities, renters ins, etc. I pay approx. 80% of these expenses and the amount he contributes is about 20%. If I claim him as a dependent (we're not in any relationship or related) will it affect the benefit amount he receives or is eligible for?
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 11 months ago.

If you claim that person as a dependent - that means - you provide more than half of his support and you are living in the SAME household - that is OK from tax prospective..

Expert:  Lev replied 11 months ago.

HOWEVER..
If that is Supplemental Security income - which is based on needs - then his benefits could be affected.

So as long as he reports that support on his SSI application - you are OK.
If however - that is social security income based on his working record - these will not be affected.

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