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Www freefile dor gov 3. Www freefile dor gov   Personal Exemptions and Dependents Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ExemptionsPersonal Exemptions Exemptions for Dependents Qualifying Child Qualifying Relative Phaseout of Exemptions Social Security Numbers for DependentsBorn and died in 2013. Www freefile dor gov Taxpayer identification numbers for aliens. Www freefile dor gov Taxpayer identification numbers for adoptees. Www freefile dor gov What's New Exemption amount. Www freefile dor gov  The amount you can deduct for each exemption has increased. Www freefile dor gov It was $3,800 for 2012. Www freefile dor gov It is $3,900 for 2013. Www freefile dor gov Exemption phaseout. Www freefile dor gov  You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount. Www freefile dor gov For 2013, this amount is $150,000 for a married individual filing a separate return; $250,000 for a single individual; $275,000 for a head of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing jointly or a qualifying widow(er). Www freefile dor gov See Phaseout of Exemptions , later. Www freefile dor gov Introduction This chapter discusses the following topics. Www freefile dor gov Personal exemptions — You generally can take one for yourself and, if you are married, one for your spouse. Www freefile dor gov Exemptions for dependents — You generally can take an exemption for each of your dependents. Www freefile dor gov A dependent is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov If you are entitled to claim an exemption for a dependent, that dependent cannot claim a personal exemption on his or her own tax return. Www freefile dor gov Phaseout of exemptions — Your deduction is reduced if your adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount. Www freefile dor gov Social security number (SSN) requirement for dependents — You must list the SSN of any dependent for whom you claim an exemption. Www freefile dor gov Deduction. Www freefile dor gov   Exemptions reduce your taxable income. Www freefile dor gov You can deduct $3,900 for each exemption you claim in 2013. Www freefile dor gov But you may lose at least part of the dollar amount of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount. Www freefile dor gov See Phaseout of Exemptions , later. Www freefile dor gov How to claim exemptions. Www freefile dor gov    How you claim an exemption on your tax return depends on which form you file. Www freefile dor gov    If you file Form 1040EZ, the exemption amount is combined with the standard deduction amount and entered on line 5. Www freefile dor gov    If you file Form 1040A, complete lines 6a through 6d. Www freefile dor gov The total number of exemptions you can claim is the total in the box on line 6d. Www freefile dor gov Also complete line 26. Www freefile dor gov   If you file Form 1040, complete lines 6a through 6d. Www freefile dor gov The total number of exemptions you can claim is the total in the box on line 6d. Www freefile dor gov Also complete line 42. Www freefile dor gov Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information Form (and Instructions) 2120 Multiple Support Declaration 8332 Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent Exemptions There are two types of exemptions you may be able to take: Personal exemptions for yourself and your spouse, and Exemptions for dependents (dependency exemptions). Www freefile dor gov While each is worth the same amount ($3,900 for 2013), different rules apply to each type. Www freefile dor gov Personal Exemptions You are generally allowed one exemption for yourself. Www freefile dor gov If you are married, you may be allowed one exemption for your spouse. Www freefile dor gov These are called personal exemptions. Www freefile dor gov Your Own Exemption You can take one exemption for yourself unless you can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov If another taxpayer is entitled to claim you as a dependent, you cannot take an exemption for yourself even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim you as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov Your Spouse's Exemption Your spouse is never considered your dependent. Www freefile dor gov Joint return. Www freefile dor gov   On a joint return you can claim one exemption for yourself and one for your spouse. Www freefile dor gov Separate return. Www freefile dor gov   If you file a separate return, you can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov This is true even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim your spouse as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov You can claim an exemption for your spouse even if he or she is a nonresident alien; in that case, your spouse must have no gross income for U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov tax purposes, must not be filing a return, and must not be the dependent of another taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov Death of spouse. Www freefile dor gov   If your spouse died during the year and you file a joint return for yourself and your deceased spouse, you generally can claim your spouse's exemption under the rules just explained in Joint return . Www freefile dor gov If you file a separate return for the year, you may be able to claim your spouse's exemption under the rules just described in Separate return . Www freefile dor gov   If you remarried during the year, you cannot take an exemption for your deceased spouse. Www freefile dor gov   If you are a surviving spouse without gross income and you remarry in the year your spouse died, you can be claimed as an exemption on both the final separate return of your deceased spouse and the separate return of your new spouse for that year. Www freefile dor gov If you file a joint return with your new spouse, you can be claimed as an exemption only on that return. Www freefile dor gov Divorced or separated spouse. Www freefile dor gov   If you obtained a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance during the year, you cannot take your former spouse's exemption. Www freefile dor gov This rule applies even if you provided all of your former spouse's support. Www freefile dor gov Exemptions for Dependents You are allowed one exemption for each person you can claim as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov You can claim an exemption for a dependent even if your dependent files a return. Www freefile dor gov The term “dependent” means: A qualifying child, or A qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov The terms “ qualifying child ” and “ qualifying relative ” are defined later. Www freefile dor gov You can claim an exemption for a qualifying child or qualifying relative only if these three tests are met. Www freefile dor gov Dependent taxpayer test. Www freefile dor gov Joint return test. Www freefile dor gov Citizen or resident test. Www freefile dor gov These three tests are explained in detail later. Www freefile dor gov All the requirements for claiming an exemption for a dependent are summarized in Table 3-1. Www freefile dor gov Table 3-1. Www freefile dor gov Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Caution. Www freefile dor gov This table is only an overview of the rules. Www freefile dor gov For details, see the rest of this chapter. Www freefile dor gov You cannot claim any dependents if you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov   You cannot claim a married person who files a joint return as a dependent unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid. Www freefile dor gov   You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen, U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov resident alien, U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. Www freefile dor gov 1  You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov   Tests To Be a Qualifying Child   Tests To Be a Qualifying Relative The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them. Www freefile dor gov   The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), (b) under age 24 at the end of the year, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled. Www freefile dor gov   The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. Www freefile dor gov 2  The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year. Www freefile dor gov   The child is not filing a joint return for the year (unless that return is filed only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid). Www freefile dor gov  If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, only one person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov See the Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person to find out which person is the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov   The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov   The person either (a) must be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you , or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household2 (and your relationship must not violate local law). Www freefile dor gov   The person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,900. Www freefile dor gov 3  You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year. Www freefile dor gov 4  1There is an exception for certain adopted children. Www freefile dor gov 2There are exceptions for temporary absences, children who were born or died during the year, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. Www freefile dor gov 3There is an exception if the person is disabled and has income from a sheltered workshop. Www freefile dor gov 4There are exceptions for multiple support agreements, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. Www freefile dor gov Dependent not allowed a personal exemption. Www freefile dor gov If you can claim an exemption for your dependent, the dependent cannot claim his or her own personal exemption on his or her own tax return. Www freefile dor gov This is true even if you do not claim the dependent's exemption on your return. Www freefile dor gov It is also true if the dependent's exemption on your return is reduced or eliminated under the phaseout rule described under Phaseout of Exemptions, later. Www freefile dor gov Housekeepers, maids, or servants. Www freefile dor gov   If these people work for you, you cannot claim exemptions for them. Www freefile dor gov Child tax credit. Www freefile dor gov   You may be entitled to a child tax credit for each qualifying child who was under age 17 at the end of the year if you claimed an exemption for that child. Www freefile dor gov For more information, see chapter 34. Www freefile dor gov Dependent Taxpayer Test If you can be claimed as a dependent by another person, you cannot claim anyone else as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov Even if you have a qualifying child or qualifying relative, you cannot claim that person as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov If you are filing a joint return and your spouse can be claimed as a dependent by someone else, you and your spouse cannot claim any dependents on your joint return. Www freefile dor gov Joint Return Test You generally cannot claim a married person as a dependent if he or she files a joint return. Www freefile dor gov Exception. Www freefile dor gov   You can claim an exemption for a person who files a joint return if that person and his or her spouse file the joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Www freefile dor gov Example 1—child files joint return. Www freefile dor gov You supported your 18-year-old daughter, and she lived with you all year while her husband was in the Armed Forces. Www freefile dor gov He earned $25,000 for the year. Www freefile dor gov The couple files a joint return. Www freefile dor gov You cannot take an exemption for your daughter. Www freefile dor gov Example 2—child files joint return only as claim for refund of withheld tax. Www freefile dor gov Your 18-year-old son and his 17-year-old wife had $800 of wages from part-time jobs and no other income. Www freefile dor gov Neither is required to file a tax return. Www freefile dor gov They do not have a child. Www freefile dor gov Taxes were taken out of their pay so they filed a joint return only to get a refund of the withheld taxes. Www freefile dor gov The exception to the joint return test applies, so you are not disqualified from claiming an exemption for each of them just because they file a joint return. Www freefile dor gov You can claim exemptions for each of them if all the other tests to do so are met. Www freefile dor gov Example 3—child files joint return to claim American opportunity credit. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 2 except no taxes were taken out of your son's pay. Www freefile dor gov He and his wife are not required to file a tax return. Www freefile dor gov However, they file a joint return to claim an American opportunity credit of $124 and get a refund of that amount. Www freefile dor gov Because claiming the American opportunity credit is their reason for filing the return, they are not filing it only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Www freefile dor gov The exception to the joint return test does not apply, so you cannot claim an exemption for either of them. Www freefile dor gov Citizen or Resident Test You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen, U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov resident alien, U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. Www freefile dor gov However, there is an exception for certain adopted children, as explained next. Www freefile dor gov Exception for adopted child. Www freefile dor gov   If you are a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen or U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national who has legally adopted a child who is not a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen, U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov resident alien, or U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national, this test is met if the child lived with you as a member of your household all year. Www freefile dor gov This exception also applies if the child was lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Www freefile dor gov Child's place of residence. Www freefile dor gov   Children usually are citizens or residents of the country of their parents. Www freefile dor gov   If you were a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen when your child was born, the child may be a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen and meet this test even if the other parent was a nonresident alien and the child was born in a foreign country. Www freefile dor gov Foreign students' place of residence. Www freefile dor gov   Foreign students brought to this country under a qualified international education exchange program and placed in American homes for a temporary period generally are not U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov residents and do not meet this test. Www freefile dor gov You cannot claim an exemption for them. Www freefile dor gov However, if you provided a home for a foreign student, you may be able to take a charitable contribution deduction. Www freefile dor gov See Expenses Paid for Student Living With You in chapter 24. Www freefile dor gov U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national. Www freefile dor gov   A U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national is an individual who, although not a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen, owes his or her allegiance to the United States. Www freefile dor gov U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov nationals include American Samoans and Northern Mariana Islanders who chose to become U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov nationals instead of U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizens. Www freefile dor gov Qualifying Child Five tests must be met for a child to be your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov The five tests are: Relationship, Age, Residency, Support, and Joint return. Www freefile dor gov These tests are explained next. Www freefile dor gov If a child meets the five tests to be the qualifying child of more than one person, a special rule applies to determine which person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov See Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person, later. Www freefile dor gov Relationship Test To meet this test, a child must be: Your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant (for example, your grandchild) of any of them, or Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant (for example, your niece or nephew) of any of them. Www freefile dor gov Adopted child. Www freefile dor gov   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Www freefile dor gov The term “adopted child” includes a child who was lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Www freefile dor gov Foster child. Www freefile dor gov   A foster child is an individual who is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. Www freefile dor gov Age Test To meet this test, a child must be: Under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), A student under age 24 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), or Permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year, regardless of age. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov Your son turned 19 on December 10. Www freefile dor gov Unless he was permanently and totally disabled or a student, he does not meet the age test because, at the end of the year, he was not under age 19. Www freefile dor gov Child must be younger than you or spouse. Www freefile dor gov   To be your qualifying child, a child who is not permanently and totally disabled must be younger than you. Www freefile dor gov However, if you are married filing jointly, the child must be younger than you or your spouse but does not have to be younger than both of you. 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Www freefile dor gov   To qualify as a student, your child must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months of the year: A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body at the school, or A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1), or by a state, county, or local government agency. Www freefile dor gov The 5 calendar months do not have to be consecutive. Www freefile dor gov Full-time student. Www freefile dor gov   A full-time student is a student who is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full-time attendance. Www freefile dor gov School defined. Www freefile dor gov   A school can be an elementary school, junior or senior high school, college, university, or technical, trade, or mechanical school. Www freefile dor gov However, an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet does not count as a school. Www freefile dor gov Vocational high school students. Www freefile dor gov   Students who work on “co-op” jobs in private industry as a part of a school's regular course of classroom and practical training are considered full-time students. Www freefile dor gov Permanently and totally disabled. Www freefile dor gov   Your child is permanently and totally disabled if both of the following apply. Www freefile dor gov He or she cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition. Www freefile dor gov A doctor determines the condition has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year or can lead to death. Www freefile dor gov Residency Test To meet this test, your child must have lived with you for more than half the year. Www freefile dor gov There are exceptions for temporary absences, children who were born or died during the year, kidnapped children, and children of divorced or separated parents. Www freefile dor gov Temporary absences. Www freefile dor gov   Your child is considered to have lived with you during periods of time when one of you, or both, are temporarily absent due to special circumstances such as: Illness, Education, Business, Vacation, or Military service. Www freefile dor gov Your child is also considered to have lived with you during any required hospital stay following birth, as long as the child would have lived with you during that time but for the hospitalization. Www freefile dor gov Death or birth of child. Www freefile dor gov   A child who was born or died during the year is treated as having lived with you more than half of the year if your home was the child's home more than half of the time he or she was alive during the year. Www freefile dor gov Child born alive. Www freefile dor gov   You may be able to claim an exemption for a child born alive during the year, even if the child lived only for a moment. Www freefile dor gov State or local law must treat the child as having been born alive. Www freefile dor gov There must be proof of a live birth shown by an official document, such as a birth certificate. Www freefile dor gov The child must be your qualifying child or qualifying relative, and all the other tests to claim an exemption for a dependent must be met. Www freefile dor gov Stillborn child. Www freefile dor gov   You cannot claim an exemption for a stillborn child. Www freefile dor gov Kidnapped child. Www freefile dor gov   You may be able to treat your child as meeting the residency test even if the child has been kidnapped. Www freefile dor gov See Publication 501 for details. Www freefile dor gov Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). Www freefile dor gov   In most cases, because of the residency test, a child of divorced or separated parents is the qualifying child of the custodial parent. Www freefile dor gov However, the child will be treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent if all four of the following statements are true. Www freefile dor gov The parents: Are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, Are separated under a written separation agreement, or Lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year, whether or not they are or were married. Www freefile dor gov The child received over half of his or her support for the year from the parents. Www freefile dor gov The child is in the custody of one or both parents for more than half of the year. Www freefile dor gov Either of the following statements is true. Www freefile dor gov The custodial parent signs a written declaration, discussed later, that he or she will not claim the child as a dependent for the year, and the noncustodial parent attaches this written declaration to his or her return. Www freefile dor gov (If the decree or agreement went into effect after 1984 and before 2009, see Post-1984 and pre-2009 divorce decree or separation agreement , later. Www freefile dor gov If the decree or agreement went into effect after 2008, see Post-2008 divorce decree or separation agreement , later. Www freefile dor gov ) A pre-1985 decree of divorce or separate maintenance or written separation agreement that applies to 2013 states that the noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent, the decree or agreement was not changed after 1984 to say the noncustodial parent cannot claim the child as a dependent, and the noncustodial parent provides at least $600 for the child's support during the year. Www freefile dor gov Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. Www freefile dor gov   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the year. Www freefile dor gov The other parent is the noncustodial parent. Www freefile dor gov   If the parents divorced or separated during the year and the child lived with both parents before the separation, the custodial parent is the one with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the rest of the year. Www freefile dor gov   A child is treated as living with a parent for a night if the child sleeps: At that parent's home, whether or not the parent is present, or In the company of the parent, when the child does not sleep at a parent's home (for example, the parent and child are on vacation together). Www freefile dor gov Equal number of nights. Www freefile dor gov   If the child lived with each parent for an equal number of nights during the year, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income (AGI). Www freefile dor gov December 31. Www freefile dor gov   The night of December 31 is treated as part of the year in which it begins. Www freefile dor gov For example, December 31, 2013, is treated as part of 2013. Www freefile dor gov Emancipated child. Www freefile dor gov   If a child is emancipated under state law, the child is treated as not living with either parent. Www freefile dor gov See Examples 5 and 6. Www freefile dor gov Absences. Www freefile dor gov   If a child was not with either parent on a particular night (because, for example, the child was staying at a friend's house), the child is treated as living with the parent with whom the child normally would have lived for that night, except for the absence. Www freefile dor gov But if it cannot be determined with which parent the child normally would have lived or if the child would not have lived with either parent that night, the child is treated as not living with either parent that night. Www freefile dor gov Parent works at night. Www freefile dor gov   If, due to a parent's nighttime work schedule, a child lives for a greater number of days, but not nights, with the parent who works at night, that parent is treated as the custodial parent. Www freefile dor gov On a school day, the child is treated as living at the primary residence registered with the school. Www freefile dor gov Example 1—child lived with one parent for a greater number of nights. Www freefile dor gov You and your child’s other parent are divorced. Www freefile dor gov In 2013, your child lived with you 210 nights and with the other parent 155 nights. Www freefile dor gov You are the custodial parent. Www freefile dor gov Example 2—child is away at camp. Www freefile dor gov In 2013, your daughter lives with each parent for alternate weeks. Www freefile dor gov In the summer, she spends 6 weeks at summer camp. Www freefile dor gov During the time she is at camp, she is treated as living with you for 3 weeks and with her other parent, your ex-spouse, for 3 weeks because this is how long she would have lived with each parent if she had not attended summer camp. Www freefile dor gov Example 3—child lived same number of nights with each parent. Www freefile dor gov Your son lived with you 180 nights during the year and lived the same number of nights with his other parent, your ex-spouse. Www freefile dor gov Your AGI is $40,000. Www freefile dor gov Your ex-spouse's AGI is $25,000. Www freefile dor gov You are treated as your son's custodial parent because you have the higher AGI. Www freefile dor gov Example 4—child is at parent’s home but with other parent. Www freefile dor gov Your son normally lives with you during the week and with his other parent, your ex-spouse, every other weekend. Www freefile dor gov You become ill and are hospitalized. Www freefile dor gov The other parent lives in your home with your son for 10 consecutive days while you are in the hospital. Www freefile dor gov Your son is treated as living with you during this 10-day period because he was living in your home. Www freefile dor gov Example 5—child emancipated in May. Www freefile dor gov When your son turned age 18 in May 2013, he became emancipated under the law of the state where he lives. Www freefile dor gov As a result, he is not considered in the custody of his parents for more than half of the year. Www freefile dor gov The special rule for children of divorced or separated parents does not apply. Www freefile dor gov Example 6—child emancipated in August. Www freefile dor gov Your daughter lives with you from January 1, 2013, until May 31, 2013, and lives with her other parent, your ex-spouse, from June 1, 2013, through the end of the year. Www freefile dor gov She turns 18 and is emancipated under state law on August 1, 2013. Www freefile dor gov Because she is treated as not living with either parent beginning on August 1, she is treated as living with you the greater number of nights in 2013. Www freefile dor gov You are the custodial parent. Www freefile dor gov Written declaration. Www freefile dor gov    The custodial parent may use either Form 8332 or a similar statement (containing the same information required by the form) to make the written declaration to release the exemption to the noncustodial parent. Www freefile dor gov The noncustodial parent must attach a copy of the form or statement to his or her tax return. Www freefile dor gov   The exemption can be released for 1 year, for a number of specified years (for example, alternate years), or for all future years, as specified in the declaration. Www freefile dor gov Post-1984 and pre-2009 divorce decree or separation agreement. Www freefile dor gov   If the divorce decree or separation agreement went into effect after 1984 and before 2009, the noncustodial parent may be able to attach certain pages from the decree or agreement instead of Form 8332. Www freefile dor gov The decree or agreement must state all three of the following. Www freefile dor gov The noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent without regard to any condition, such as payment of support. Www freefile dor gov The custodial parent will not claim the child as a dependent for the year. Www freefile dor gov The years for which the noncustodial parent, rather than the custodial parent, can claim the child as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov   The noncustodial parent must attach all of the following pages of the decree or agreement to his or her tax return. Www freefile dor gov The cover page (write the other parent's social security number on this page). Www freefile dor gov The pages that include all of the information identified in items (1) through (3) above. Www freefile dor gov The signature page with the other parent's signature and the date of the agreement. Www freefile dor gov Post-2008 divorce decree or separation agreement. Www freefile dor gov   The noncustodial parent cannot attach pages from the decree or agreement instead of Form 8332 if the decree or agreement went into effect after 2008. Www freefile dor gov The custodial parent must sign either Form 8332 or a similar statement whose only purpose is to release the custodial parent's claim to an exemption for a child, and the noncustodial parent must attach a copy to his or her return. Www freefile dor gov The form or statement must release the custodial parent's claim to the child without any conditions. Www freefile dor gov For example, the release must not depend on the noncustodial parent paying support. Www freefile dor gov    The noncustodial parent must attach the required information even if it was filed with a return in an earlier year. Www freefile dor gov Revocation of release of claim to an exemption. Www freefile dor gov   The custodial parent can revoke a release of claim to exemption that he or she previously released to the noncustodial parent on Form 8332 (or a similar statement). Www freefile dor gov For the revocation to be effective for 2013, the custodial parent must have given (or made reasonable efforts to give) written notice of the revocation to the noncustodial parent in 2012 or earlier. Www freefile dor gov The custodial parent can use Part III of Form 8332 for this purpose and must attach a copy of the revocation to his or her return for each tax year he or she claims the child as a dependent as a result of the revocation. Www freefile dor gov Remarried parent. Www freefile dor gov   If you remarry, the support provided by your new spouse is treated as provided by you. Www freefile dor gov Parents who never married. Www freefile dor gov   This special rule for divorced or separated parents also applies to parents who never married, and who lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year. Www freefile dor gov Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Child) To meet this test, the child cannot have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year. Www freefile dor gov This test is different from the support test to be a qualifying relative, which is described later. Www freefile dor gov However, to see what is or is not support, see Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) , later. Www freefile dor gov If you are not sure whether a child provided more than half of his or her own support, you may find Worksheet 3-1 helpful. Www freefile dor gov Worksheet 3-1. Www freefile dor gov Worksheet for Determining Support Funds Belonging to the Person You Supported       1. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total funds belonging to the person you supported, including income received (taxable and nontaxable) and amounts borrowed during the year, plus the amount in savings and other accounts at the beginning of the year. Www freefile dor gov Do not include funds provided by the state; include those amounts on line 23 instead 1. Www freefile dor gov     2. Www freefile dor gov Enter the amount on line 1 that was used for the person's support 2. Www freefile dor gov     3. Www freefile dor gov Enter the amount on line 1 that was used for other purposes 3. Www freefile dor gov     4. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total amount in the person's savings and other accounts at the end of the year 4. Www freefile dor gov     5. Www freefile dor gov Add lines 2 through 4. Www freefile dor gov (This amount should equal line 1. Www freefile dor gov ) 5. Www freefile dor gov     Expenses for Entire Household (where the person you supported lived)       6. Www freefile dor gov Lodging (complete line 6a or 6b):         a. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total rent paid 6a. Www freefile dor gov       b. Www freefile dor gov Enter the fair rental value of the home. Www freefile dor gov If the person you supported owned the home,  also include this amount in line 21 6b. Www freefile dor gov     7. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total food expenses 7. Www freefile dor gov     8. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total amount of utilities (heat, light, water, etc. Www freefile dor gov not included in line 6a or 6b) 8. Www freefile dor gov     9. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total amount of repairs (not included in line 6a or 6b) 9. Www freefile dor gov     10. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total of other expenses. Www freefile dor gov Do not include expenses of maintaining the home, such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and insurance 10. Www freefile dor gov     11. Www freefile dor gov Add lines 6a through 10. Www freefile dor gov These are the total household expenses 11. Www freefile dor gov     12. Www freefile dor gov Enter total number of persons who lived in the household 12. Www freefile dor gov     Expenses for the Person You Supported       13. Www freefile dor gov Divide line 11 by line 12. Www freefile dor gov This is the person's share of the household expenses 13. Www freefile dor gov     14. Www freefile dor gov Enter the person's total clothing expenses 14. Www freefile dor gov     15. Www freefile dor gov Enter the person's total education expenses 15. Www freefile dor gov     16. Www freefile dor gov Enter the person's total medical and dental expenses not paid for or reimbursed by insurance 16. Www freefile dor gov     17. Www freefile dor gov Enter the person's total travel and recreation expenses 17. Www freefile dor gov     18. Www freefile dor gov Enter the total of the person's other expenses 18. Www freefile dor gov     19. Www freefile dor gov Add lines 13 through 18. Www freefile dor gov This is the total cost of the person's support for the year 19. Www freefile dor gov     Did the Person Provide More Than Half of His or Her Own Support?       20. Www freefile dor gov Multiply line 19 by 50% (. Www freefile dor gov 50) 20. Www freefile dor gov     21. Www freefile dor gov Enter the amount from line 2, plus the amount from line 6b if the person you supported owned  the home. Www freefile dor gov This is the amount the person provided for his or her own support 21. Www freefile dor gov     22. Www freefile dor gov Is line 21 more than line 20?   No. Www freefile dor gov You meet the support test for this person to be your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov If this person also meets the other tests to be a qualifying child, stop here; do not complete lines 23–26. Www freefile dor gov Otherwise, go to line 23 and fill out the rest of the worksheet to determine if this person is your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov    Yes. Www freefile dor gov You do not meet the support test for this person to be either your qualifying child or your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov Stop here. Www freefile dor gov        Did You Provide More Than Half?       23. Www freefile dor gov Enter the amount others provided for the person's support. Www freefile dor gov Include amounts provided by state, local, and other welfare societies or agencies. Www freefile dor gov Do not include any amounts included on line 1 23. Www freefile dor gov     24. Www freefile dor gov Add lines 21 and 23 24. Www freefile dor gov     25. Www freefile dor gov Subtract line 24 from line 19. Www freefile dor gov This is the amount you provided for the person's support 25. Www freefile dor gov     26. Www freefile dor gov Is line 25 more than line 20?   Yes. Www freefile dor gov You meet the support test for this person to be your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov    No. Www freefile dor gov You do not meet the support test for this person to be your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov You cannot claim an exemption for this person unless you can do so under a multiple support agreement, the support test for children of divorced or separated parents, or the special rule for kidnapped children. Www freefile dor gov See Multiple Support Agreement or Support Test for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) , or Kidnapped child under Qualifying Relative. Www freefile dor gov   Example. Www freefile dor gov You provided $4,000 toward your 16-year-old son's support for the year. Www freefile dor gov He has a part-time job and provided $6,000 to his own support. Www freefile dor gov He provided more than half of his own support for the year. Www freefile dor gov He is not your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Foster care payments and expenses. Www freefile dor gov   Payments you receive for the support of a foster child from a child placement agency are considered support provided by the agency. Www freefile dor gov Similarly, payments you receive for the support of a foster child from a state or county are considered support provided by the state or county. Www freefile dor gov   If you are not in the trade or business of providing foster care and your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in caring for a foster child were mainly to benefit an organization qualified to receive deductible charitable contributions, the expenses are deductible as charitable contributions but are not considered support you provided. Www freefile dor gov For more information about the deduction for charitable contributions, see chapter 24. Www freefile dor gov If your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions, they may qualify as support you provided. Www freefile dor gov   If you are in the trade or business of providing foster care, your unreimbursed expenses are not considered support provided by you. Www freefile dor gov Example 1. Www freefile dor gov Lauren, a foster child, lived with Mr. Www freefile dor gov and Mrs. Www freefile dor gov Smith for the last 3 months of the year. Www freefile dor gov The Smiths cared for Lauren because they wanted to adopt her (although she had not been placed with them for adoption). Www freefile dor gov They did not care for her as a trade or business or to benefit the agency that placed her in their home. Www freefile dor gov The Smiths' unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions but are considered support they provided for Lauren. Www freefile dor gov Example 2. Www freefile dor gov You provided $3,000 toward your 10-year-old foster child's support for the year. Www freefile dor gov The state government provided $4,000, which is considered support provided by the state, not by the child. Www freefile dor gov See Support provided by the state (welfare, food stamps, housing, etc. Www freefile dor gov ) , later. Www freefile dor gov Your foster child did not provide more than half of her own support for the year. Www freefile dor gov Scholarships. Www freefile dor gov   A scholarship received by a child who is a student is not taken into account in determining whether the child provided more than half of his or her own support. Www freefile dor gov Joint Return Test (To Be a Qualifying Child) To meet this test, the child cannot file a joint return for the year. Www freefile dor gov Exception. Www freefile dor gov   An exception to the joint return test applies if your child and his or her spouse file a joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Www freefile dor gov Example 1—child files joint return. Www freefile dor gov You supported your 18-year-old daughter, and she lived with you all year while her husband was in the Armed Forces. Www freefile dor gov He earned $25,000 for the year. Www freefile dor gov The couple files a joint return. Www freefile dor gov Because your daughter and her husband file a joint return, she is not your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Example 2—child files joint return only as a claim for refund of withheld tax. Www freefile dor gov Your 18-year-old son and his 17-year-old wife had $800 of wages from part-time jobs and no other income. Www freefile dor gov Neither is required to file a tax return. Www freefile dor gov They do not have a child. Www freefile dor gov Taxes were taken out of their pay so they filed a joint return only to get a refund of the withheld taxes. Www freefile dor gov The exception to the joint return test applies, so your son may be your qualifying child if all the other tests are met. Www freefile dor gov Example 3—child files joint return to claim American opportunity credit. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 2 except no taxes were taken out of your son's pay. Www freefile dor gov He and his wife were not required to file a tax return. Www freefile dor gov However, they file a joint return to claim an American opportunity credit of $124 and get a refund of that amount. Www freefile dor gov Because claiming the American opportunity credit is their reason for filing the return, they are not filing it only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Www freefile dor gov The exception to the joint return test does not apply, so your son is not your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person If your qualifying child is not a qualifying child of anyone else, this special rule does not apply to you and you do not need to read about it. Www freefile dor gov This is also true if your qualifying child is not a qualifying child of anyone else except your spouse with whom you file a joint return. Www freefile dor gov If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the rules for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) described earlier, see Applying this special rule to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), later. Www freefile dor gov Sometimes, a child meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests to be a qualifying child of more than one person. Www freefile dor gov Although the child is a qualifying child of each of these persons, only one person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child to take all of the following tax benefits (provided the person is eligible for each benefit). Www freefile dor gov The exemption for the child. Www freefile dor gov The child tax credit. Www freefile dor gov Head of household filing status. Www freefile dor gov The credit for child and dependent care expenses. Www freefile dor gov The exclusion from income for dependent care benefits. Www freefile dor gov The earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov The other person cannot take any of these benefits based on this qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov In other words, you and the other person cannot agree to divide these benefits between you. Www freefile dor gov The other person cannot take any of these tax benefits for a child unless he or she has a different qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Tiebreaker rules. Www freefile dor gov   To determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child to claim these six tax benefits, the following tiebreaker rules apply. Www freefile dor gov If only one of the persons is the child's parent, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the parent. Www freefile dor gov If the parents file a joint return together and can claim the child as a qualifying child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the parents. Www freefile dor gov If the parents do not file a joint return together but both parents claim the child as a qualifying child, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent with whom the child lived for the longer period of time during the year. Www freefile dor gov If the child lived with each parent for the same amount of time, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent who had the higher adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year. Www freefile dor gov If no parent can claim the child as a qualifying child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who had the highest AGI for the year. Www freefile dor gov If a parent can claim the child as a qualifying child but no parent does so claim the child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who had the highest AGI for the year, but only if that person's AGI is higher than the highest AGI of any of the child's parents who can claim the child. Www freefile dor gov If the child's parents file a joint return with each other, this rule can be applied by dividing the parents' combined AGI equally between the parents. Www freefile dor gov See Example 6 . Www freefile dor gov   Subject to these tiebreaker rules, you and the other person may be able to choose which of you claims the child as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Example 1—child lived with parent and grandparent. Www freefile dor gov You and your 3-year-old daughter Jane lived with your mother all year. Www freefile dor gov You are 25 years old, unmarried, and your AGI is $9,000. Www freefile dor gov Your mother's AGI is $15,000. Www freefile dor gov Jane's father did not live with you or your daughter. Www freefile dor gov You have not signed Form 8332 (or a similar statement) to release the child's exemption to the noncustodial parent. Www freefile dor gov Jane is a qualifying child of both you and your mother because she meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. Www freefile dor gov However, only one of you can claim her. Www freefile dor gov Jane is not a qualifying child of anyone else, including her father. Www freefile dor gov You agree to let your mother claim Jane. Www freefile dor gov This means your mother can claim Jane as a qualifying child for all of the six tax benefits listed earlier, if she qualifies (and if you do not claim Jane as a qualifying child for any of those tax benefits). Www freefile dor gov Example 2—parent has higher AGI than grandparent. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your AGI is $18,000. Www freefile dor gov Because your mother's AGI is not higher than yours, she cannot claim Jane. Www freefile dor gov Only you can claim Jane. Www freefile dor gov Example 3—two persons claim same child. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you and your mother both claim Jane as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov In this case, you, as the child's parent, will be the only one allowed to claim Jane as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov The IRS will disallow your mother's claim to the six tax benefits listed earlier unless she has another qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Example 4—qualifying children split between two persons. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you also have two other young children who are qualifying children of both you and your mother. Www freefile dor gov Only one of you can claim each child. Www freefile dor gov However, if your mother's AGI is higher than yours, you can allow your mother to claim one or more of the children. Www freefile dor gov For example, if you claim one child, your mother can claim the other two. Www freefile dor gov Example 5—taxpayer who is a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you are only 18 years old and did not provide more than half of your own support for the year. Www freefile dor gov This means you are your mother's qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov If she can claim you as a dependent, then you cannot claim your daughter as a dependent because of the Dependent Taxpayer Test explained earlier. Www freefile dor gov Example 6—child lived with both parents and grandparent. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you are married to your daughter's father. Www freefile dor gov The two of you live together with your daughter and your mother, and have an AGI of $20,000 on a joint return. Www freefile dor gov If you and your husband do not claim your daughter as a qualifying child, your mother can claim her instead. Www freefile dor gov Even though the AGI on your joint return, $20,000, is more than your mother's AGI of $15,000, for this purpose each parent's AGI can be treated as $10,000, so your mother's $15,000 AGI is treated as higher than the highest AGI of any of the child's parents who can claim the child. Www freefile dor gov Example 7—separated parents. Www freefile dor gov You, your husband, and your 10-year-old son lived together until August 1, 2013, when your husband moved out of the household. Www freefile dor gov In August and September, your son lived with you. Www freefile dor gov For the rest of the year, your son lived with your husband, the boy's father. Www freefile dor gov Your son is a qualifying child of both you and your husband because your son lived with each of you for more than half the year and because he met the relationship, age, support, and joint return tests for both of you. Www freefile dor gov At the end of the year, you and your husband still were not divorced, legally separated, or separated under a written separation agreement, so the rule for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) does not apply. Www freefile dor gov You and your husband will file separate returns. Www freefile dor gov Your husband agrees to let you treat your son as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov This means, if your husband does not claim your son as a qualifying child, you can claim your son as a qualifying child for the dependency exemption, child tax credit, and exclusion for dependent care benefits (if you qualify for each of those tax benefits). Www freefile dor gov However, you cannot claim head of household filing status because you and your husband did not live apart for the last 6 months of the year. Www freefile dor gov As a result, your filing status is married filing separately, so you cannot claim the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Www freefile dor gov Example 8—separated parents claim same child. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 7 except that you and your husband both claim your son as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov In this case, only your husband will be allowed to treat your son as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov This is because, during 2013, the boy lived with him longer than with you. Www freefile dor gov If you claimed an exemption or the child tax credit for your son, the IRS will disallow your claim to both these tax benefits. Www freefile dor gov If you do not have another qualifying child or dependent, the IRS will also disallow your claim to the exclusion for dependent care benefits. Www freefile dor gov In addition, because you and your husband did not live apart for the last 6 months of the year, your husband cannot claim head of household filing status. Www freefile dor gov As a result, his filing status is married filing separately, so he cannot claim the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. Www freefile dor gov Example 9—unmarried parents. Www freefile dor gov You, your 5-year-old son, and your son's father lived together all year. Www freefile dor gov You and your son's father are not married. Www freefile dor gov Your son is a qualifying child of both you and his father because he meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and his father. Www freefile dor gov Your AGI is $12,000 and your son's father's AGI is $14,000. Www freefile dor gov Your son's father agrees to let you claim the child as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov This means you can claim him as a qualifying child for the dependency exemption, child tax credit, head of household filing status, credit for child and dependent care expenses, exclusion for dependent care benefits, and the earned income credit, if you qualify for each of those tax benefits (and if your son's father does not, in fact, claim your son as a qualifying child for any of those tax benefits). Www freefile dor gov Example 10—unmarried parents claim same child. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 9 except that you and your son's father both claim your son as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov In this case, only your son's father will be allowed to treat your son as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov This is because his AGI, $14,000, is more than your AGI, $12,000. Www freefile dor gov If you claimed an exemption or the child tax credit for your son, the IRS will disallow your claim to both these tax benefits. Www freefile dor gov If you do not have another qualifying child or dependent, the IRS will also disallow your claim to the earned income credit, head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, and the exclusion for dependent care benefits. Www freefile dor gov Example 11—child did not live with a parent. Www freefile dor gov You and your 7-year-old niece, your sister's child, lived with your mother all year. Www freefile dor gov You are 25 years old, and your AGI is $9,300. Www freefile dor gov Your mother's AGI is $15,000. Www freefile dor gov Your niece's parents file jointly, have an AGI of less than $9,000, and do not live with you or their child. Www freefile dor gov Your niece is a qualifying child of both you and your mother because she meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. Www freefile dor gov However, only your mother can treat her as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov This is because your mother's AGI, $15,000, is more than your AGI, $9,300. Www freefile dor gov Applying this special rule to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). Www freefile dor gov   If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the rules described earlier for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), only the noncustodial parent can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child. Www freefile dor gov However, the custodial parent, if eligible, or other eligible person can claim the child as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, and the earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov If the child is the qualifying child of more than one person for these benefits, then the tiebreaker rules just explained determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Example 1. Www freefile dor gov You and your 5-year-old son lived all year with your mother, who paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. Www freefile dor gov Your AGI is $10,000. Www freefile dor gov Your mother's AGI is $25,000. Www freefile dor gov Your son's father did not live with you or your son. Www freefile dor gov Under the rules explained earlier for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), your son is treated as the qualifying child of his father, who can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for him. Www freefile dor gov Because of this, you cannot claim an exemption or the child tax credit for your son. Www freefile dor gov However, your son's father cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, or the earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov You and your mother did not have any child care expenses or dependent care benefits, so neither of you can claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses or the exclusion for dependent care benefits. Www freefile dor gov But the boy is a qualifying child of both you and your mother for head of household filing status and the earned income credit because he meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. Www freefile dor gov (Note: The support test does not apply for the earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov ) However, you agree to let your mother claim your son. Www freefile dor gov This means she can claim him for head of household filing status and the earned income credit if she qualifies for each and if you do not claim him as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov (You cannot claim head of household filing status because your mother paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. Www freefile dor gov ) Example 2. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your AGI is $25,000 and your mother's AGI is $21,000. Www freefile dor gov Your mother cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for any purpose because her AGI is not higher than yours. Www freefile dor gov Example 3. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you and your mother both claim your son as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov Your mother also claims him as a qualifying child for head of household filing status. Www freefile dor gov You, as the child's parent, will be the only one allowed to claim your son as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. Www freefile dor gov The IRS will disallow your mother's claim to the earned income credit and head of household filing status unless she has another qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov Qualifying Relative Four tests must be met for a person to be your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov The four tests are: Not a qualifying child test, Member of household or relationship test, Gross income test, and Support test. Www freefile dor gov Age. Www freefile dor gov   Unlike a qualifying child, a qualifying relative can be any age. Www freefile dor gov There is no age test for a qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov Kidnapped child. Www freefile dor gov   You may be able to treat a child as your qualifying relative even if the child has been kidnapped. Www freefile dor gov See Publication 501 for details. Www freefile dor gov Not a Qualifying Child Test A child is not your qualifying relative if the child is your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov Example 1. Www freefile dor gov Your 22-year-old daughter, who is a student, lives with you and meets all the tests to be your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov She is not your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov Example 2. Www freefile dor gov Your 2-year-old son lives with your parents and meets all the tests to be their qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov He is not your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov Example 3. Www freefile dor gov Your son lives with you but is not your qualifying child because he is 30 years old and does not meet the age test. Www freefile dor gov He may be your qualifying relative if the gross income test and the support test are met. Www freefile dor gov Example 4. Www freefile dor gov Your 13-year-old grandson lived with his mother for 3 months, with his uncle for 4 months, and with you for 5 months during the year. Www freefile dor gov He is not your qualifying child because he does not meet the residency test. Www freefile dor gov He may be your qualifying relative if the gross income test and the support test are met. Www freefile dor gov Child of person not required to file a return. Www freefile dor gov   A child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer and so may qualify as your qualifying relative if the child's parent (or other person for whom the child is defined as a qualifying child) is not required to file an income tax return and either: Does not file an income tax return, or Files a return only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. Www freefile dor gov Example 1—return not required. Www freefile dor gov You support an unrelated friend and her 3-year-old child, who lived with you all year in your home. Www freefile dor gov Your friend has no gross income, is not required to file a 2013 tax return, and does not file a 2013 tax return. Www freefile dor gov Both your friend and her child are your qualifying relatives if the support test is met. Www freefile dor gov Example 2—return filed to claim refund. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your friend had wages of $1,500 during the year and had income tax withheld from her wages. Www freefile dor gov She files a return only to get a refund of the income tax withheld and does not claim the earned income credit or any other tax credits or deductions. Www freefile dor gov Both your friend and her child are your qualifying relatives if the support test is met. Www freefile dor gov Example 3—earned income credit claimed. Www freefile dor gov The facts are the same as in Example 2 except your friend had wages of $8,000 during the year and claimed the earned income credit on her return. Www freefile dor gov Your friend's child is the qualifying child of another taxpayer (your friend), so you cannot claim your friend's child as your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov Child in Canada or Mexico. Www freefile dor gov   You may be able to claim your child as a dependent even if the child lives in Canada or Mexico. Www freefile dor gov If the child does not live with you, the child does not meet the residency test to be your qualifying child. Www freefile dor gov However, the child may still be your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov If the persons the child does live with are not U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizens and have no U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov gross income, those persons are not “taxpayers,” so the child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov If the child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer, the child is your qualifying relative as long as the gross income test and the support test are met. Www freefile dor gov   You cannot claim as a dependent a child who lives in a foreign country other than Canada or Mexico, unless the child is a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen, U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov resident alien, or U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov national. Www freefile dor gov There is an exception for certain adopted children who lived with you all year. Www freefile dor gov See Citizen or Resident Test , earlier. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov You provide all the support of your children, ages 6, 8, and 12, who live in Mexico with your mother and have no income. Www freefile dor gov You are single and live in the United States. Www freefile dor gov Your mother is not a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov citizen and has no U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov income, so she is not a “taxpayer. Www freefile dor gov ” Your children are not your qualifying children because they do not meet the residency test. Www freefile dor gov But since they are not the qualifying children of any other taxpayer, they are your qualifying relatives and you can claim them as dependents. Www freefile dor gov You may also be able to claim your mother as a dependent if the gross income and support tests are met. Www freefile dor gov Member of Household or Relationship Test To meet this test, a person must either: Live with you all year as a member of your household, or Be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you . Www freefile dor gov If at any time during the year the person was your spouse, that person cannot be your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov However, see Personal Exemptions , earlier. Www freefile dor gov Relatives who do not have to live with you. Www freefile dor gov   A person related to you in any of the following ways does not have to live with you all year as a member of your household to meet this test. Www freefile dor gov Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). Www freefile dor gov (A legally adopted child is considered your child. Www freefile dor gov ) Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. Www freefile dor gov Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor, but not foster parent. Www freefile dor gov Your stepfather or stepmother. Www freefile dor gov A son or daughter of your brother or sister. Www freefile dor gov A son or daughter of your half brother or half sister. Www freefile dor gov A brother or sister of your father or mother. Www freefile dor gov Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. Www freefile dor gov Any of these relationships that were established by marriage are not ended by death or divorce. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov You and your wife began supporting your wife's father, a widower, in 2006. Www freefile dor gov Your wife died in 2012. Www freefile dor gov Despite your wife's death, your father-in-law continues to meet this test, even if he does not live with you. Www freefile dor gov You can claim him as a dependent if all other tests are met, including the gross income test and support test. Www freefile dor gov Foster child. Www freefile dor gov   A foster child is an individual who is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. Www freefile dor gov Joint return. Www freefile dor gov   If you file a joint return, the person can be related to either you or your spouse. Www freefile dor gov Also, the person does not need to be related to the spouse who provides support. Www freefile dor gov   For example, your spouse's uncle who receives more than half of his support from you may be your qualifying relative, even though he does not live with you. Www freefile dor gov However, if you and your spouse file separate returns, your spouse's uncle can be your qualifying relative only if he lives with you all year as a member of your household. Www freefile dor gov Temporary absences. Www freefile dor gov   A person is considered to live with you as a member of your household during periods of time when one of you, or both, are temporarily absent due to special circumstances such as: Illness, Education, Business, Vacation, or Military service. Www freefile dor gov   If the person is placed in a nursing home for an indefinite period of time to receive constant medical care, the absence may be considered temporary. Www freefile dor gov Death or birth. Www freefile dor gov   A person who died during the year, but lived with you as a member of your household until death, will meet this test. Www freefile dor gov The same is true for a child who was born during the year and lived with you as a member of your household for the rest of the year. Www freefile dor gov The test is also met if a child lived with you as a member of your household except for any required hospital stay following birth. Www freefile dor gov   If your dependent died during the year and you otherwise qualify to claim an exemption for the dependent, you can still claim the exemption. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov Your dependent mother died on January 15. Www freefile dor gov She met the tests to be your qualifying relative. Www freefile dor gov The other tests to claim an exemption for a dependent were also met. Www freefile dor gov You can claim an exemption for her on your return. Www freefile dor gov Local law violated. Www freefile dor gov   A person does not meet this test if at any time during the year the relationship between you and that person violates local law. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov Your girlfriend lived with you as a member of your household all year. Www freefile dor gov However, your relationship with her violated the laws of the state where you live, because she was married to someone else. Www freefile dor gov Therefore, she does not meet this test and you cannot claim her as a dependent. Www freefile dor gov Adopted child. Www freefile dor gov   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. Www freefile dor gov The term “adopted child” includes a child who was lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. Www freefile dor gov Cousin. Www freefile dor gov   Your cousin meets this test only if he or she lives with you all year as a member of your household. Www freefile dor gov A cousin is a descendant of a brother or sister of your father or mother. Www freefile dor gov Gross Income Test To meet this test, a person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,900. Www freefile dor gov Gross income defined. Www freefile dor gov   Gross income is all income in the form of money, property, and services that is not exempt from tax. Www freefile dor gov   In a manufacturing, merchandising, or mining business, gross income is the total net sales minus the cost of goods sold, plus any miscellaneous income from the business. Www freefile dor gov   Gross receipts from rental property are gross income. Www freefile dor gov Do not deduct taxes, repairs, or other expenses, to determine the gross income from rental property. Www freefile dor gov   Gross income includes a partner's share of the gross (not a share of the net) partnership income. Www freefile dor gov    Gross income also includes all taxable unemployment compensation and certain scholarship and fellowship grants. Www freefile dor gov Scholarships received by degree candidates and used for tuition, fees, supplies, books, and equipment required for particular courses generally are not included in gross income. Www freefile dor gov For more information about scholarships, see chapter 12. Www freefile dor gov   Tax-exempt income, such as certain social security benefits, is not included in gross income. Www freefile dor gov Disabled dependent working at sheltered workshop. Www freefile dor gov   For purposes of the gross income test, the gross income of an individual who is permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year does not include income for services the individual performs at a sheltered workshop. Www freefile dor gov The availability of medical care at the workshop must be the main reason for the individual's presence there. Www freefile dor gov Also, the income must come solely from activities at the workshop that are incident to this medical care. Www freefile dor gov   A “sheltered workshop” is a school that: Provides special instruction or training designed to alleviate the disability of the individual, and Is operated by certain tax-exempt organizations, or by a state, a U. Www freefile dor gov S. Www freefile dor gov possession, a political subdivision of a state or possession, the United States, or the District of Columbia. Www freefile dor gov “Permanently and totally disabled” has the same meaning here as under Qualifying Child, earlier. Www freefile dor gov Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) To meet this test, you generally must provide more than half of a person's total support during the calendar year. Www freefile dor gov However, if two or more persons provide support, but no one person provides more than half of a person's total support, see Multiple Support Agreement , later. Www freefile dor gov How to determine if support test is met. Www freefile dor gov   You figure whether you have provided more than half of a person's total support by comparing the amount you contributed to that person's support with the entire amount of support that person received from all sources. Www freefile dor gov This includes support the person provided from his or her own funds. Www freefile dor gov   You may find Worksheet 3-1 helpful in figuring whether you provided more than half of a person's support. Www freefile dor gov Person's own funds not used for support. Www freefile dor gov   A person's own funds are not support unless they are actually spent for support. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov Your mother received $2,400 in social security benefits and $300 in interest. Www freefile dor gov She paid $2,000 for lodging and $400 for recreation. Www freefile dor gov She put $300 in a savings account. Www freefile dor gov Even though your mother received a total of $2,700 ($2,400 + $300), she spent only $2,400 ($2,000 + $400) for her own support. Www freefile dor gov If you spent more than $2,400 for her support and no other support was received, you have provided more than half of her support. Www freefile dor gov Child's wages used for own support. Www freefile dor gov   You cannot include in your contribution to your child's support any support paid for by the child with the child's own wages, even if you paid the wages. Www freefile dor gov Year support is provided. Www freefile dor gov   The year you provide the support is the year you pay for it, even if you do so with borrowed money that you repay in a later year. Www freefile dor gov   If you use a fiscal year to report your income, you must provide more than half of the dependent's support for the calendar year in which your fiscal year begins. Www freefile dor gov Armed Forces dependency allotments. Www freefile dor gov   The part of the allotment contributed by the government and the part taken out of your military pay are both considered provided by you in figuring whether you provide more than half of the support. Www freefile dor gov If your allotment is used to support persons other than those you name, you can take the exemptions for them if they otherwise qualify. Www freefile dor gov Example. Www freefile dor gov You are in the Armed Forces. Www freefile dor gov You authorize an allotment for your widowed mother that she uses to support herself and her sister. Www freefile dor gov If the allotment provides more than half of each person's support, you can take an exemption for each of them, if they otherwise qualify, even though you authorize the allotment only for your mother. Www freefile dor gov Tax-exempt military quarters allowances. Www freefile dor gov   These allowances are treated the same way as dependency allotments in figuring support. Www freefile dor gov The allotment of pay and the tax-exempt basic allowance for quarters are both considered as provided by you for support. Www freefile dor gov Tax-exempt income. Www freefile dor gov   In figuring a person's total support, include tax-exempt income, savings, and borrowed amounts used to support that person. Www freefile dor gov Tax-exempt income includes certain social security benefits, welfare benefits, nontaxable life insurance proceeds, Armed Forces family allotments, nontaxable pensions, and tax-exempt interest. Www freefile dor gov Example 1. Www freefile dor gov You provide $4,000 toward your mother's support during the year. Www freefile dor gov She has earned income of $600, nontaxable social security benefits of $4,800, and tax-exempt interest of $200. Www freefile dor gov She uses all these for her support. Www freefile dor gov You cannot claim an exemption for your mother because the $4,000 you provide is not more than half of her total support of $9,600 ($4,000 + $600 + $4,800 + $200). Www freefile dor gov Example 2. Www freefile dor gov Your niece takes out a student loan of $2,500 a
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