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I have a 53 year old son who is living with me and I provide 100% of his living expenses. He has never filed income tax and has $0 income. Can I claim him as a dependent on my income tax?

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My son has been in and out of prison most of his adult life and has never had a normal job.

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Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago
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Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

The rules to claim a "qualifying child" or "qualifying relative" on your tax return are:

  • Relationship: Must be your child, adopted child, foster-child, brother or sister, or a descendant of one of these (grand or nephew).
  • Residence: Must have the same residence for more than half the year.
  • Age: Must be under age 19 or under 24 and a full-time student for at least 5 months. They can be any age if they are totally and permanently disabled.
  • Support: Must not have provided more than half of their own support during the year.
  • Joint Support: The child cannot file a joint return for the year.

The 4 tests that will qualify a relative as a dependent are:

  • Qualifying Child: They are not the “qualifying child” of another taxpayer or your “qualifying child.”
  • Gross Income: The dependent being claimed earns less than $4,050 in 2017 ($4,050 in 2016).
  • Total Support: You provide more than half of the total support for the year.
  • Member of Household or Relationship: The person (a friend, girlfriend, non-blood relative) must live with you all year as a member of your household.

Based on the information you provided, your son would qualify as a "qualifying relative" dependent.

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

Thank you and best regards,

Barb

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Just following up with you to see if you have any other questions. If so, please let me know so I can continue to assist you.

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