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my brother collects social security in the amount of $840.00

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a month because hes mentally...
my brother collects social security in the amount of $840.00 a month because hes mentally disabled (51/50), but he lives with me all year and i cook for him do his shopping pay his bills do his laundry and basically take care of him can i claim him as a dependent on my fed tax return and do i have to report his income will claiming him do me any good, if i can claim him where do i report his income if i have to?
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Robin D :

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Robin D :

If you can claim your brother as a dependent, you are not required to report his payments on your return.

Robin D :

The main thing is can you claim him as a dependent. So far the main thing is do you provide more than 50% of his support.

Customer:

so if he recieves ssi i can claim him as a dependent?

Robin D :

In figuring a person's total support, include tax-exempt income, savings, and borrowed amounts used to support that person. Tax-exempt income includes certain social security benefits, welfare benefits, nontaxable life insurance proceeds, Armed Forces family allotments, nontaxable pensions, and tax-exempt interest.

Robin D :

Do you provide more than his SSI towards his support?

Robin D :

There is a worksheet. One minute and I will get you the link

Customer:

im pretty sure its close

Robin D :

Use the worksheet it makes it very simple

Customer:

ok

Robin D :

You can always come back even after you click on ACCEPT. Thanks again

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