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My son who has primary custody of his child has been living with me the past 1 1/2 years. He was working fulltime until March 2018 when he was arrested. He will be in prision for 1 1/2 years. He has always claimed his son on his tax return as his mother has only every other weekend visitation and 1 month in the summer. Since I am now supporting my Grandchild will I be able to claim him on my taxes? I haven't worked at all in 2018 as I am retired. We live in Iowa.

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I am referring to the this current year, 2018.

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Yes, you can but if you do not have any earned income you may not get any benefit claiming him. Do you have any retirement income? Are you required to file a tax return?

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I have social security and IPERS, Iowa Public Employee Retirement System.
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I'm required to file a tax return and "No" I don't want a phone call.
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The new tax law (for 2018 - 2025) eliminated deduction for exemptions but increased standard deduction to 24K (for a couple, 12K for an individual, 18K for head of household). If, after your deductions you still have taxable income you can use child tax credit (if the child is 17 or younger) to offset or eliminate your tax liability.

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