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Old 01-26-2014, 09:45 AM
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Dependent Requirements

I live with my younger brother, and I just want to know if there is any way I would actually be able to claim him on my return.

I am responsible for essentially all of our living expenses. He only worked part of the year and his total income from his job was ~$3,500. However, he also filed for unemployment for awhile and got ~$1,500 from that. Since that takes him above the $3,900 cutoff to claim as a dependent, am I entirely out of luck on this? Or is there something out there that will let me claim him or even file as HoH?

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Old 01-26-2014, 11:33 AM
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#1;I live with my younger brother, and I just want to know if there is any way I would actually be able to claim him on my return.

#2;I am responsible for essentially all of our living expenses. He only worked part of the year and his total income from his job was ~$3,500. However, he also filed for unemployment for awhile and got ~$1,500 from that. Since that takes him above the $3,900 cutoff to claim as a dependent, am I entirely out of luck on this?


#3;Or is there something out there that will let me claim him or even file as HoH?

#1;It depends;to claim him as yur dependent I mean as your qualifying relative, your brother is a qualifying relative and to qualify he has to have lived in your household the entire year, cannot have earned $3,900 for 2013 you have to be providing more than 50% of his support and he cannot be claimed on the return of any one else.

#2;Then, you can’t claim him as your dependent;you may claim a qualifying relative dependent if that person cannot be a qualifying child of another taxpayer; the dependent earns less than the personal exemption amount during the year. For 2013, this means the dependent earns LESS than $3,900 .


#3;Sorry I don’t think so; to file your return as HOH, you need t have a qualifying person , your dependent; To qualify for the head of household filing status, a qualifying person needs to live in your home for more than half the year. Only certain types of closely-related relatives,i.e., bro or sister or etc can be qualifying persons for the head of household filing status.



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