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Do we use my son’s net pay to help determine his support on the irs worksheet or do we go by his gross income?

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He is 19, living with us, he was a full time high school student until June and worked part time. We paid for pretty much all of his support. His gross income was $10,200 and net income $8,563 which he uses when he goes out, clothing, eating out and entertainment. But we paid all rent, utilities, medical, dental, most of his food and personal items, etc. I’m trying to determine if he provided at least half of his support by completing the support worksheet. Do I go by his gross income or net income?

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We are a family of six and spouse’s income was only $62,000 for all of us, but we used some of our credit cards throughout the year to help pay for the household expenses. My son just uses his money as spending money.

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Tax Professional: Tax.appeal.168, Tax Accountant replied 3 months ago

Reading over the Support worksheet, I would say that you would use the net pay. Line 1 of the worksheet reads as follows:

Enter the total funds belonging to the person you supported, including income received (taxable and nontaxable) and amounts borrowed during the year, plus the amount in savings and other accounts at the beginning of the year....

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you. I’m just worried that he made too much and that it looks like he paid for more than half his support even though he didn’t. Like I said, his income was his spending money and we paid all the bills.
Tax Professional: Tax.appeal.168, Tax Accountant replied 3 months ago

Sorry for the delayed response, I was away from the computer. If you truly paid more than half of his support, I would go ahead and claim him. If the IRS questions it, as long as you have proof indicating that you provided more than half od his support, then you should be fine.

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