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Dependents & Exemptions

Question: If I claim my daughter as a dependent because she is a full-time college student, can she claim her own personal exemption when she files her return?

Answer:

If you can claim an exemption for your daughter as a dependent on your income tax return, she cannot claim her own personal exemption on her income tax return.

  • If an individual is filing his or her own tax return, and the individual can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return, the individual cannot claim his or her own personal exemption.
  • In this case, your daughter should check the box on her return indicating that someone else can claim her as a dependent.

Additional Information:


Category: Filing Requirements, Status, Dependents, Exemptions
Subcategory: Dependents & Exemptions

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