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


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Spin

Gurus,

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

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


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 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf

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

Otherwise, you can't just claim anyone you want.
 
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AllYou!

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Jackney Sneeb said:
He just plays one on the internet.
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,
Malloy?
 
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Spin

AllYou! said:
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, Malloy?
Interesting back and forth on this thread, all.

Anyway, to Paul, THANK YOU.
 
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BreadWithSpam

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

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

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