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We have been the major support for an adult relative who has been unemployed for the past year, and is waiting for a ruling on his disability status. We have claimed him as a dependent on our 2017 tax return which has not yet been submitted. My question is this - he owns his home, free of a mortgage; however, we have paid the property taxes and want to know if we can deduct them?

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Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

Real estate taxes are only deductible by the person who pays the tax and is legally required to pay the taxes. Since the home is in your adult relative's name, you do not meet the requirement that you are liable for the property tax.

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Customer reply replied 25 days ago
I understand that I am not liable, but as I have made the payments, do I have any recourse? Or is this viewed as simply a personal matter between 2 adults?

Any recourse as far as claiming the deduction, no.

You will have to resolve the matter with your brother since you made the payments on his behalf.

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Customer reply replied 25 days ago
ok. I tried. thanks

I wish I could have advised you differently.

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