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Do I have any dependents?

Updated: Dec 12, 2022


A dependent is a person you’re responsible for supporting. If you can claim a dependent, you can become eligible for certain tax breaks, including the child tax credit. You may also qualify for head-of-household status.


You may have a dependent if …

  • You have a qualifying child younger than 19, or under 24 if they’re attending school full time. Your child must either live with you for more than half the year — or qualify for an exception — and must not provide more than half their own support. Your child also can’t file a joint tax return, except to claim a refund.


  • You have a qualifying relative. Your qualifying relative either must share a specific family relationship with you or must live with you all year long. You must provide more than half their support, they must earn very little, and they can’t be claimed as dependent by anyone else.



The IRS provides an Interactive Tax Assistant tool to help you determine if you have a dependent.




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