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Old 03-06-2013, 06:50 PM
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How to claim a dependent if I am the non-related legal guardian

I am the legal guardian of a non-related minor. I understand I can claim him as a dependent on my taxes, but am unsure how. There is not a category for legal guardian in the "relationship to taxpayer" field and using the option "other" does not allow the deduction. What procedure do I follow in this circumstance?



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Old 03-07-2013, 04:11 AM
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I am the legal guardian of a non-related minor. I understand I can claim him as a dependent on my taxes, but am unsure how. There is not a category for legal guardian in the "relationship to taxpayer" field and using the option "other" does not allow the deduction. What procedure do I follow in this circumstance?”========= As long as you have legal guardianship of a child you have the right to claim that child as a dependent on your income taxes. You are the legal non-relative guardian of the minor that has lived with me all year. You can claim the minor as a dependent on your taxes;as long as the minor was placed with you as a foster child by an authorized placement agency ,i.e., Child and Family Services or the judgment or order of a court of competent jurisdiction then the child is your Qualifying Child for tax purposes.



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