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Can I claim my 18 year old on my taxes if he lives with me but he works part time and can he file for himself?

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He is still in school and I provide all support for him. He works part time so if I claim him can he also file his own tax return?

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  1. Ralph T on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    You can make up “test” returns for the answer.
    Do 1 return with you claiming him as a dependent and then an individual return for each of you.
    He still has to meet the dependent test for you to claim him.
    His income may pose a problem,you could get a tax software program to help you out and you can claim the cost as “tax preperation fees” if you itemize.
    The software should be available soon and will need to be updated before you actually file your returns.

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  2. Bobbie on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    Age 18 full time student living at home with you in your home that you are maintaining for the tax year and NOT furnishing MORE than 50% of his own support for the tax year 2012.
    YES you would still qualify to claim him as your QC dependent on your own 1040 income tax return during the 2013 tax filing season.
    EARNED income for tax tax year 2012 would fill out and file his own 1040 income tax return during the 2013 tax filing season for this purpose. On the page 1 of the 1040 he will to check the box that would indicate that he is a qualifying dependent of another taxpayer for the 2012 tax year and he would NOT be able to claim his own exemption and his exemption amount on that line will be a -0- ZERO during the 2013 tax filing season for the 2012 tax year return.
    Make 2 copies of the correctly completed income tax return sign 1copy to send to the correct IRS address and keep the other copy for his records in case he should need it at some future time in his life.
    He can have up to 5950 of EARNED that he did WORK for to earn during the 2012 tax year FREE of the federal income tax amount that would be his standard deduction amount for the 2012 tax year.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 12/16/2012

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  3. Judy on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    Yes you can claim him.

    He can file his own return, but can’t claim an exemption for himself. He needs to note when he files that he can be claimed. If he made over $ 5950, he MUST file. If anything was withheld from his paychecks, he might get some of all of it back.

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  4. DiamondMan on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    “He is still in school and I provide all support for him”

    He is your dependent. This means he cannot claim the personal exemption (about $ 3800) but he can still claim the standard deduction (about 5700). But it is still his return.

    ” He works part time ”

    IF he had income tax withheld and he is expectiing a refund, he should file (there are free online sites) to claim it. As for SHOULD he file his own, you cannot claim his earned income on your return so he would have to file his own.

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  5. acmeraven on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    Yes. Under age 19 and a student you meet the criteria in PUB 17 flowcharts to claim him; he releases his dependency by checking the box on 1040EZ that bifurcates his status.

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  6. Pascal the Gambler on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    He is your dependent. He files his own return on his income indicating he is a dependent.

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  7. ninasgramma on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    If your 18-year old child lives with you and does not support himself, he is your tax dependent and you will put him on your tax return and get any available tax benefits for him.

    Your child may be required to file a tax return if his income is more than $ 5,950. He can also file a tax return if he wants to get any refund of federal income tax withheld. He will file Form 1040EZ and just deduct $ 5,950, meaning he does not claim himself.

    If you have your taxes prepared by a tax preparer, if you and your child want, you can bring in your child’s income document and often the preparer will do that return for free.

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  8. tro on Dec 17, 2012 Reply

    yes
    and
    yes, he files his own return if he had income tax withheld and his income did not exceed $ 5950, if it did he will file to ascertain how much income he either owes or will get refunded

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