Can one theoretically claim as a dependent, someone who isn't living with them?

Discussion in 'US Taxes' started by Spin, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Spin

    Spin Guest


    Can one theoretically claim as a dependent, someone who isn't living with
    Spin, Nov 6, 2008
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  2. Not only in theory, but in reality.

    A parent _can_ claim a child that doesn't live with them.

    A child _can_ claim a parent that doesn't live with them.

    Spouses _can_ file jointly even though they don't live together.

    And there are several other examples.

    See Pub 15, page 25

    They must be either a "qualifying child" or a "qualifying dependent".

    Otherwise, you can't just claim anyone you want.
    Paul Thomas, CPA, Nov 6, 2008
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  3. He just plays one on the internet.
    Jackney Sneeb, Nov 6, 2008
  4. Spin

    AllYou! Guest

    X-No-archive: yes
    That's probably true, but then again, you just play someone who
    subscribes to the anarchist philosophy on the internet as well.

    For instance, if there's any place on Earth that you'd claim as your
    home, and in which you'd only allow people to be by your leave, then
    you are an authoritarian. Is there any such place you call home,
    AllYou!, Nov 6, 2008
  5. Spin

    Spin Guest

    Interesting back and forth on this thread, all.

    Anyway, to Paul, THANK YOU.
    Spin, Nov 6, 2008
  6. For personal exemptions, a "dependent" is a qualifying child _or_ a
    qualifying relative.

    A qualifying child must live with you for more than half of the year,
    but a qualifying relative doesn't necessarily have to - the person
    must be related to you in one of the qualifying ways, have gross
    income less than $3400 and you must supply more than half the person's
    total support for the year.

    For more details see IRS pub 501.
    BreadWithSpam, Nov 7, 2008
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