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If I claim my parent on taxes does that make me responsible for their past debts?

I have supported my parent for most of the year and paid for everything. Housing/food/transportation and other things. So I want to claim them on my taxes. My concern is this: They have a large ...
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Home improvement loan for dependent support worksheet

My mom had to finance HVAC replacement in a condo we purchased together, but she is the permanent resident, as I live in another state. She receives SSD payments. For the dependency support worksheet,...
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Does a dependent 19 year old have to file taxes?

I'm a 19 yr old, and my parents file me as a dependent under their married-filing-jointly tax return. Lately, I've done a couple small mystery shopper task from 3 different companies. The total adds ...
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Dependent Care FSA versus Childcare Tax Credit

I have a two week old newborn. In reviewing my employer's benefits within the 30 day life event window, I have noticed we have a Dependent Care FSA, which seems an exciting benefit that I was not ...
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Am I a dependent or can I claim an exemption for myself?

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, ...
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I have sole custody of my kids, can my spouse claim them as dependents on their taxes?

I have sole custody of my four kids and the father says he has rights to claim the kids on taxes. He only gets social security. Is this true?
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Can I claim my child before birth?

I have a child on the way, planning to be born around October. I heard that if the kid is born before the end of the year then you get the benefit for the whole year. Is this true? Could I claim the ...
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Adjusting tax withholdings to reduce refund

I apologize if I am simplifying or not understanding this correct so bare with me. I am getting a decent amount of money back around tax time as a refund and I would like to see more of that money ...
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Sole financial support for kids, but don't have the custody. Can I claim the tax credit?

I have a family member that has two kids in Puerto Rico; which is part of the US. However in PR they don't pay Federal taxes they just fill out the 1040PR to pay for social security. This family ...
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Affording Daycare for first child

My wife and I are expecting our first child later this year and I have been budgeting to see what we can afford for child care. It looks like the average cost of childcare is ~$1000-$1200/month. This ...
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Claiming Significant Other as Dependent

Ultimately, I'm trying to find out whether I'm able to claim my significant other as a dependent for 2017. I've traversed the Internet and found quite a bit on this topic, but I am still left with ...
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What's my tax situation if I earned $20k, age 22, and live with parents?

I'm a bit confused about what to expect when I file tax returns. I heard my parents can't claim me as a dependent because I earned more than $6k for the year. What's the situation if I live with them ...
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Dependent Care FSA: What if my spouse is a full-time student AND works?

I work full-time. My employer provides access to a dependent care FSA. My wife goes to school full time and as a result we have dependent care expenses for two eligible dependents. She also works part ...
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How do I treat my taxes for a partially dependent parent?

I'm in a situation where I'm making a good income, but my parent does not make enough money to float the taxes and living expenses. Usually she pays 0 taxes. (Her only income is Social Security and ...
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How can I cash a money order made to my baby?

We just recently had a baby and gifts have been filtering in. An elderly aunt of mine sent us a somewhat large money order of a few hundred dollars, but addressed it to our child. I was reviewing the ...
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Mother in law expenses - living with us

My mother in law will be coming here soon from her home country. She is not going to be coming through the united nations, she is simply going to be here on a US Visa - based on a process my wife ...
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Would it be beneficial to not claim my daughter as a dependent so that she can qualify for a Pell Grant?

I am in the position of making enough money so that my daughter does not qualify for a Pell Grant. However, due to financial issues (primarily stemming from past medical expenses) I am not able to ...
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Claiming a deduction for a dependant who has died

I have a situation that thankfully is unusual, but I think pretty clear-cut with respect to the spirit of the law. I am having problems getting the situation resolved. Some background. I am a natural-...
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If I can be claimed as a dependent, what do I do without my parent's tax information?

I'm filing my 2016 taxes. Although I was not claimed as a dependent by my parents, I meet the qualifications of being claimed as a dependent. When filling out my tax return via TurboTax Freedom ...
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Too little taxes withheld

We didn't have enough taxes withheld as we claimed out son as dependent. However son has worked and made too much money (at least I think). So we will not be able to claim him as dependent. Is ...
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Does my adult daughter need to file her own taxes?

My wife and I file jointly, with my job being the sole source of income. As of September 2016, my daughter is 18 and is a full-time student still living with us. While attending community college, she ...
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If I claim a dependent who owes back taxes, is my refund at risk?

He has had his "refund" confiscated by the IRS in past years to pay back taxes, but didn't make any money last year. He lived with me for the entire year. I want to claim him as a dependent on my ...
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Can I claim my wife as a dependent for time before marriage?

I'm a bit lost when it comes to taxes, and I've heard from a few sources that one cannot list their spouse as a dependent. However, my wife and I got married in October last year, and she has lived ...
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Which boxes on IRS Form 1040 Line 6 need to be filled?

Is it one box per bullet? And then a separate box for the non-bulleted item? This one always confuses me. I am married filing jointly. I have a child from a previous marriage that I claim every other ...
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Is my mother eligible for SNAP?

My mother is 75, and after my father's death started collecting around $1600 a month in SS. Her property taxes alone each year take most of that money. Add payments, food, car insurance etc, and she ...
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Can you claim a deceased parent as a dependent if your supported them but they did not live with you?

I am taking a class on taxation and have to do a tax return. I am struggling with a few parts and was hoping someone would lend a hand. I posted the full problem below. My questions are a) with ...
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Am I eligible to use a dependent care FSA if my spouse works half-time and goes to school half-time?

I work full time. If my wife worked full time we would be eligible to use a dependent care FSA. If my wife went to school full time we would be eligible to use a dependent care FSA. But my wife works ...
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Head of Household and dependent status tracking with GnuCash

I would like to use GnuCash (if possible) to track my status as head of household and my mother's status as a dependent. The rules are in IRS Publication 501 (mostly worksheet 2). My ultimate goal is ...
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Why is an alien not eligible for property tax refund if he is a dependent?

I'm an undergrad international student living in Minnesota. It seems that I satisfied every eligibility requirements (such as 183 days rule) for the refund other than being non-dependent, as this ...
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Can I claim Spouse Exemption if my wife was on B2 tourist visa?

I was an F1 student in 2015. My wife stayed with me in California for 59 days during 2015. But she was on B2 tourist visa and NOT F2 dependent visa which she is NOW. For filing my tax returns for the ...
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Does a dependent with no income have to file a 1040x?

My 25 year old son had no income last year.  In fact it was minus $6,000 on his 1040 form. I was fully providing for him.  His community college volunteers helped him file his taxes.  On his 1040 he ...
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Opting my child out of SS taxes? [duplicate]

If I have a child and elect not to get him a social security number, will he still be required to pay social security taxes? I am a U.S. citizen, as is he. I'm trying to weigh the cost of not ...
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Does our baby need to file a tax return?

My friends had a baby last year, and he's turning 8 months by April 15, 2016. The parents are going to file a joint tax return this year. Can they claim their baby as a dependent? Should they ...
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How does FSA work in case of change in employment?

I have a Dependent Care account with WageWorks from my previous company. I left my previous company in July'15. There are still $2000.00 in WageWorks account. Now WageWorks is not letting me claim any ...
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If both spouse employers offer dependent care FSAs, can I use both for the same child?

My employer offers a $5000-cap FSA for using pre-tax dollars for dependent care reimbursement. My spouse's employer offers an identical plan. Different employers. Our annual dependent care expenses ...
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For dependent care benefits, what's the dividing line between “camp” and “music lessons”?

For dependent care benefits, what's the dividing line between an eligible expense and one that's not? According to IRS publication 503, "The cost of sending your child to a day camp may be a work-...
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FSA dependent care for preschool

in short, can I claim FSA dependent care for my preschool going toddler. I work but my wife does not. Does it matter in claiming it? I read irs page but I didn't understand. Can someone explain please....
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If I forfeited my entire dependent care FSA, can I claim dependent care credit?

I missed the deadline to claim my dependent care FSA for a previous year. Since the entire FSA amount was forfeited, can I claim dependent care credit instead for that year ?
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Will my father still be eligible for SNAP if I claim him as my dependent?

My income is over $50K/year. I am 30 years old. My father's income from ALL sources is $0/year. My father is 55 years old. I give $1,000/month via online banking transfer to my father. He also gets $...
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Can I claim my daughter as a dependent on my 2014 tax return even though she got married in August?

Can I claim my daughter as a dependent on my 2014 tax return even though she got married in August? She did not live at home but was a full-time student for at least 5 months out of the year, and we ...
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FAFSA, internship and a new house

I completed 2 internship this year and my total income was roughly 24K. I had 7k or so withheld. I wrote checks to my parents:5k to contribute with the minimum to receive a mortgage loan required and ...
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Can I claim a parent receiving Medi-Cal benefits as a dependent on my tax return?

My mother got her green card this year. She won't work here. All her expenses will be paid by me. Since she is 67 years old, I am planning to apply for Medi-Cal health coverage for her. My question ...
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Can I claim my wife as dependent once she gets her SSN, for a previous years return?

Here are some facts pertaining to my situation: I'm an international student on F-1 visa, and my wife joined me in US on a F-2 visa I tried to get a ITIN for her before filing my federal tax return ...
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How do auto-loan payments factor into taxes for cars that are solely used by dependent(s)?

I financed a car under my name so that my sister could drive to work and my mother (who I'm claiming as a dependent, myself as head-of-household) could get groceries and run basic errands. I myself do ...
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Can I claim a dependent care credit for a dependent autistic adult?

I am preparing 2013 tax return forms. Here is the thing: I took the kid to autism therapy several times, and a related conference. I also took the kid to an autism training organization and paid the ...
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Filing jointly and wife as father-in-law dependent

I'm an independent contractor attempting to figure my estimated tax payments for 2014, and I have the following situation: I'm getting married in June and plan to file jointly for 2014. Will my new ...
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Can I claim my parents as dependents on my tax return if they stayed with me for 5 months?

My parents are retired and support themselves with pension and savings I send them. They both stayed with me for 5 months last year in the US, but mostly spend their time in India. They both have SSN ...