Originally Posted by turborider
Can I claim my mom as a dependent?
She currently receives 898.00 a month for disability and lives with me
I currently pay 832 a month a rent and we have 400 in bills. she pays these bills and i pay the rent. this does not include food and clothing expenses
To be claimed as your dependent as your qualifying relatrive, your mother doesn’t have to live with you the entire year. You can claim her as your dependnet as long as you are responsible for the majority of the her expenses. In order to qualify as a dependent, your mother's total income for the tax year, 2012, must not exceed $3.8K. Social Security payments and and tax exempt interest your mother receives are not included in this calculation. To claim your mother as your dependent, you must provide at least half of her financial support. This can include food and medical costs, and as she is living with you, a reasonable percentage of the household's expenditures such as mortgage rent or utilities. For example, your mother's assets do not count toward support unless she actually uses them. For example, if your mother has $15K in a bank account, but you pay $9K of her expenses and she pays $4K, you would pass the support test. However, if your mother uses the $10K for her expenses and you pay $9K in support, you would not qualify because you pay less than half of her support.