I am a university student who is currently working on filing my 2017 federal income taxes.
My parents can no longer claim me as a dependent because they did not support me over 50% in 2017. However, my college tuition, room, and board (over 50% of my support) were paid of a 529 funded by my grandparents.
On the tax form, I am wondering whether I have to check the box “I can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return”. While I believe I cannot be claimed on anyone else’s return, I didn’t pay half of my own support.
Whether or not I can check this box makes a very large difference in the size of my return. Should I to check the box or not?