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Child Tax Credit

Question: Can a noncustodial parent claim the child tax credit for his or her child?

Answer:

The noncustodial parent can only claim the child tax credit for a child if he or she is allowed to claim the child’s dependency exemption and meets the requirements for claiming the child tax credit.

The noncustodial parent must also attach to his or her return a Form 8332 (.pdf), Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent, signed by the custodial parent.

For information on who qualifies for the credit and how to calculate it, see the Instructions for Form 1040 or Instructions for Form 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Additional Information:


Category: Child Care Credit, Other Credits
Subcategory: Child Tax Credit

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