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Doing tax for cousin. She has son who lives out of state. He has two children and no income. His wife gets about 600 disability. Cousin is sou

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Soul provider. Can she claim them as dependent

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For various reason son can't find work. Cousin has supported him for years

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Lev
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To claim as dependents - yes - there are relatives who doesn't have to live with the taxpayer to be dependents.

See page 20

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

Relatives who don't have to live with you.

A person related to you in any of the following ways doesn't have to live with you all year as a member of your household to meet this test.
Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a de-scendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). (A legally adopted child is considered your child.)
Your brother, sister, half brother, half sis-ter, stepbrother, or stepsister.
Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor, but not foster parent.
Your stepfather or stepmother.
A son or daughter of your brother or sister.
A son or daughter of your half brother or half sister.
A brother or sister of your father or mother.

.

But as you see on the attached requirements to be your dependent - children will NOT be qualifying children as do not live with the taxpayer - and may only be qualifying dependents.

That means - your cousin will not be eligible to use children for earned income credit or for child tax credit purposes.

Let me know if that helps.

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she can claim them as regular dependents. Can she claim the daughter in law also?

As Qualifying relatives - yes - she will be able to claim ALL - as long as she provided more than a half of their support.

- Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law.

Any of these relationships allows to claim the person as a dependent ever they do not live with the taxpayer.

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