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Old 01-07-2011, 10:32 AM
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Trying to figure out how to claim my son

I'm trying to find out if I can claim head of Household status and claim my son as a dependant. He was 18/19 in the tax year 2010. He was in the Army for 5 months getting out at the end of May. I'm not sure how much he earned but I have a feeling that it is over the 3650 that I read about. He is not a student. He has been living with me the entire time (7 months) and not working. I have covered all of his expenses. Can I claim him if he earned under the $3650? If he did earn more than the $3650, can I file a joint return with him or can I claim his income and then take him as a qualifying child or adult? Since I’ve paid most of his expenses for the year I’d like to be able to claim him.



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Old 01-07-2011, 01:45 PM
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“Can I claim him if he earned under the $3650?”------> First of all, I guess, to be your dependent as a qualifying child, your child MUST be under age 19 by the end of Dec 31 2010. As he is 19 in 2010, he is no longer your qualifying child; however, as long as his GROSS income is LESS than his personal exemption, $3,650 for 2010, you can claim your son as your dependent as a qualifying relative on 2010 tax return. As you know, you must provide more than 50% of your son’s total support during the tax year of 2010.
“If he did earn more than the $3650, can I file a joint return with him?”--->No; joint return is a US tax filing status that can be used by a married couple , in which income and the deductions for the two taxpayers are combined, MFJ. Your child doesn’t need to file his own tax return UNLESS his gross income exceeds $9,350 as single filer. However, even if your child’s gross income is not more than $9,350 , as said above, he may still need to file a return under certain circumstances; if he is eligible for a tax refund or etc.
“or can I claim his income and then take him as a qualifying child or adult?”------> No; as said above, your child is no longer your qualifying child as long as his Gross income exceeds his personal exemption, $3,650 for 2010.



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