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Can a grandparent deduct a payment made directly to a

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Can a grandparent deduct a payment made directly to a financial institution on behalf of a grandchild? The grandchild cannot be claimed as a dependent.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 year ago.


Generally no. To claim a deduction for an amount paid for another usually requires that the person be allowed as a dependent.

The only exception that I can think of is medical. If you could not claim the grandchild only because their income was too high (but every other test was met to claim them) then you can still deduct any medical you paid for them.

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