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My mother deceased on January 28, can I claim her as a dependent

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My mother deceased on January 28, can I claim her as a dependent on my 2009 return and for how many months ?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 8 years ago.

If the dependent died during the year and they otherwise met the dependency tests, you may still claim them as a dependent in the year they died for the entire year. There is no such thing as ever claiming a dependent only for a portion of the year.

Please refer to the following IRS publication - page 16 in the first column under the section titled "Death or Birth".

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