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Can I claim my dad on my taxes?

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I live with my dad and I provide more than half his care. He is on so social security and disability. He make around 1700 dollars a month. Can I claim him as a dependent on my taxes?

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  1. Kristi Howard on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    That’s a tricky road.

    Is he reporting that you are providing more than half of his support to social security and disability? If not, which is likely the case, once they find out (and yes, they will) you’ve claimed him on your taxes as providing more than 50% of his support, he could have to pay what they deem is overpayment back and possibly even arrest him for benefits fraud.

    Now, if he DOES get that amount and states you provide more than half of his support, and they know this already, then as long as you meet the rules, then you could file.

    But, making that much monthly…I seriously doubt he has told them that you provide over half of his support. My sister makes $ 871 a month on disability and no one provides over half of her support.

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  2. Ann on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    So, your is this the same father that does not support your brother?

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  3. Cathi K on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    First it was your brother, then your mom, and now your dad. You would have to provide more than half their support and according to your other questions you are not. You would have to spend 1701 per month on your dad. Unless you are clearing 5 or 6k after taxes forget it.

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  4. mudbug on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    You may be able to claim Head Of Household filing status. There are five tests to claim a dependent. The Support Test is did you provide over 50% of his total support.? Probably not.

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  5. ninasgramma on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    You must provide over 50% of your father’s support. The value of personal care you provide is not counted toward support. Your father provides $ 1,700 a month toward his support, plus other items like the fair rental value of his home, if he owns it.

    In your other questions, you mentioned you lived most of the year elsewhere. You must provide over 50% of your father’s support for the entire year. In addition, if your father is receiving a taxable disability payment, that cannot be more than $ 3,800.

    It does not seem that your father is your dependent.

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  6. Quick Answers on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    Do you make $ 82000 a year?

    If yes, this is possible.
    If no, you’d have to prove to the IRS that your dad was saving a lot of that $ 1700 a month. You certainly can’t say that your lifestyle was less than his….

    Note, you said you live with your dad. That suggests he owns his own home and pays his own support.

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  7. tro on Jan 10, 2013 Reply

    his SS is providing more than 50% of his support and as such is not your dependent

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