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Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS
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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial & Tax advice since 1986
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I am the sole support of my daughter who is 25 and is a full

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I am the sole support of my daughter who is 25 and is a full time student. She earned no money in 2016. Does she qualify as my dependent and can I claim Head of Household on my 2016 taxes. I am unmarried.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 8 months ago.

Hi Marjorie. My name's Lane. I can help you here.

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Yes, you can.

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There are three basic requirements:

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  • You were not married (you were single, divorced, or legally separated), or were "considered unmarried" on the last day of the tax year.
  • You paid more than half the cost of "keeping up a home" for the year.
  • A "Qualifying Person" lived with you in that home for more than half the year, except for temporary absences (a dependent parent is not required to live with you, and a student away at school full time is considered a temporary absence).

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A quaifying person can be EITHER a qualifying child or a qualifying relative. She doesn't qualify as qualifying child becasue the maximum age is 19 (24 for s full time student)

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HOWEVER, from the information you've provided, she does qualify underr the qualifying relative test.

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Here's that test

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Relative (your child, stepchild, grandchild or other descendant of one of your children (or stepchildren or foster children), son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parent, stepfather, stepmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandparent, great-grandparent, and, if related by blood, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew

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Gross Income of less than 4050 for 2016 (4000 for 2015)

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Support: YOu provided half or more of the person's support for the tax year

Expert:  Lane replied 8 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

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If this HAS helped, and you DON’T have other questions … I'd appreciate a positive rating (using the stars or faces on your screen, and then clicking “submit")

Otherwise I’m working for no crediting at all here

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Thank you!

Lane

I hold a law degree, (Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in financial accounting & tax, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986.

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