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My husband and I have provided a home for my niece and her son for the past seven mon

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  • My husband and I have provided a home for my niece and her son for the past seven mon

    My husband and I have provided a home for my niece and her son for the past seven months. She receives no child support from her ex-spouse, and she does not work or have any income of her own. Can I claim her and her son as dependents?


    Ada

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    Re: My husband and I have provided a home for my niece and her son for the past seven

    Your niece doesn't need to live with you for the entire year in order to be claimed as a dependent. She meets the first of five dependency exemption tests, which is the relationship test. She must still meet the other four dependency exemption tests.
    1. Citizenship test.
    2. Joint return test.
    3. Gross income test.
    4. Support test.
    Your niece's son did not live with you for the entire year and does not meet the relationship test. Therefore, he cannot be claimed as a dependent.


    Tod

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