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Whom May I Claim as a Dependent?

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This interview will help you determine whom you may claim as a dependent.

Information You'll Need

  • Marital status, relationship to the dependent, and the amount of support provided.
  • Basic income information such as your adjusted gross income.
  • If no person supplied more than half of the potential dependent's support, the terms of any multiple support agreement you may have.

The tool is designed for taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see International Taxpayers and Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.

Caution: Please note, for all years, an error in this topic occurs if you are asking about a biological, adopted, or step-child who is a full-time student between the ages of 19-24. Until a correction can be made, please see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information to determine if you can claim the child as a dependent.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes

Please Note: After 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

Caution: Using the "Back" button within the ITA tool could cause an application error.