Category Archives: Dependents

Generally, in order to claim a dependent child on your tax return, the child is required to have spent over half of the year in your household. If this is not the case, then the child’s dependency claim lies with the person responsible for the child’s full-time housing, which in many cases is the legal […]

Raising children on your own isn’t easy. Single parents can use any help they can get, which is why, at tax time, there are certain tips that can come as a welcome relief. When filing your tax return as a single parent, consider the following eight points: Head of Household Status – if your children […]

Working parents know how difficult it can be to find appropriate care for their children while they work. If you pay for someone to watch your children while you work, there’s a possibility you may be eligible to claim the Dependent Care Credit. This credit has certain requirements that must be met in order to […]

Are you the parent of a child under the age of 17? You can claim a tax credit worth $1,000 per eligible child. Every tax year until the child turns 17 you are qualified to claim the Child Tax Credit in addition to the dependency exemption for the child, which means you can stack the […]

Are you a dependent, in relation to federal taxes, of another taxpayer? If so, you may be wondering whether or not you are required to file your own tax return. The following terms can help you make an accurate determination of your need to file: Earned Income: wages, salaries, tips, or other professional monies acquired […]

Get a Deduction Just For Your Kids If you’re a parent, you may find some comfort in the fact that your children can actually save you money. While most of your parenthood is spent, spending, the IRS offers you a tax deduction just for having kids. The following tax savers may come in handy for […]

As a taxpayer you are able to claim exemptions for dependents, these dependents will fall under one of two categories; qualifying child or qualifying relative. By claiming dependents on your taxes you will lower your taxable income by an amount for each dependent that is equal to the exemption. For 2014 the dependency exemption was […]

Certain federal tax guidelines allows you claim children as dependents up to 23 years old. Generally you can claim children 19 years and younger, but there are a few different guidelines for full-time students. Any child that is 23 years old or younger and is a full-time student may be claimed as a dependent if […]

If you financially support your parents, the federal government wants to help. At tax time, there are a few different options for tax assistance that is available to those who provide parental support. The 2014 tax season brings a new dependency tax care credit, as well as the ability to claim a parent as a […]

Dependent Benefits

One of the easiest way to increase your tax benefits at tax time is to claim a child or eligible adult relative as a dependent. You are entitled to a personal exemption for each qualifying dependent that you claim, which helps put a little extra cash back in your pocket. You may even be able […]