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Can i claim my little brother as a dependent?

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My mom and dad both lost their jobs and im the only one working and paying pretty much everything

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  1. Geo on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    He is a legal dependent if you provide more than fifty percent of his living expenses, and he lived with you more than half the year, as long as no one else is claiming him.

    From IRS website:
    In general, to be a taxpayer’s qualifying child, a person must satisfy four tests:

    Relationship — the taxpayer’s child or stepchild (whether by blood or adoption), foster child, sibling or stepsibling, or a descendant of one of these.
    Residence — has the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the tax year. Exceptions apply, in certain cases, for children of divorced or separated parents, kidnapped children, temporary absences, and for children who were born or died during the year.
    Age — must be under the age of 19 at the end of the tax year, or under the age of 24 if a full-time student for at least five months of the year, or be permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year.
    Support — did not provide more than one-half of his/her own support for the year.

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  2. j.rac32 on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    From what I know, I believe he would have to be in your care and you must be considered his legal guardian. If your parents already have him claimed as a dependant of them, then you cannot claim him also.

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  3. chatsplas on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Perhaps
    Have you provided MORE than half the cost of providing a home for self and dependent? for more than half the year? If yes, you can file as HOH and take bro as dependent

    What is your income for year? What is parents’ income for year? Unemployment benefits are taxable income.
    http://www.irs.gov dependent, support

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  4. NaturesDoctor on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    No, your parents will still have to file taxes on unemployment insurance. And your are no the legal guardian for you brother.

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  5. Judy on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Maybe, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Do your parents get unemployment? Or any social services like food stamps? How LONG have you been paying for pretty much everything?

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  6. Cathi K on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    When did your parents lose their jobs? Are they on unemployment? Who is paying the rent? Most likely you cannot but you would need to see who is actually supporting the household for the year not just paying for food and utilities though what you are doing is admirable and very full of family spirit.

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  7. tro on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    paying pretty much everything? that means you are paying all the rent, all the food, all the utilities, all medical, all clothing, all entertainment, all transportation
    this means if you are paying for more than 50% of all those maintenance of the household, and he is younger than you are, and he lived with you 6 months, yes

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  8. the tax lady on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Theoretically it’s possible.

    At the end of the year, have your parents total up their income and YOU call the IRS and ask.

    In order to claim your little brother as a qualifying child, you would have to show that a) you supported yourself (or be older than 24 and had more than $ 3700 of income), b) you lived with him, c) you are older than him and d) your income is higher than either of your parent’s incomes (if they file jointly, more than 1/2 of the combined AGI), and e) your parents must NOT claim him.

    If your parents collected unemployment all year, they may want to claim him to reduce their tax bill.

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  9. StephenWeinstein on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Possibly, but probably not.

    1. If your parents claim you, then you cannot claim anyone.
    2. If your parents can claim you, but decide not to claim you, then you cannot claim anyone.
    3. If he does not live with you for at least half the year, and your parents do live with him for at least half the year, and they are not prohibited by law from claiming him, then you cannot claim him (even if there are other reasons why they do not claim him).

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  10. ramona on Feb 09, 2012 Reply

    can i claim my older brother that is 41 years old, he’s an addict and i have paid for our apartment, food expenses, medical bills when he broke his arm, clothing, shoes, hygiene products etc I don’t want to see him in the street and to die alone one day, so I support him

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