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can i claim my newborn on my taxes?

Asked by: lpliskin 3850 views YA Discussion

Ok so i was wondering im about 33 weeks pregnant and my due date is dec 3
can i legally still claim my little one this coming tax season?someone told me they think it has to be born and around 6 months before you can claim them?

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  1. G N A on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    Only if it’s born before midnight December 31st

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  2. Cathi K on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    The 6 month issue has nothing to do with newborns. As long as the baby is born by Dec 31 you are fine.

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  3. the kid on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    If the baby is born any time during 2012, yes. If in 2013, no.

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  4. Jo on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    Yes, you can claim if baby is born before midnight on December 31, 2012. Because that is the tax year.

    If born at 12:01, January 1, 2013, then you can’t until the 2014 tax year when you use 2013 information.

    Whoever told you 6 months old is nuts.

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  5. Christin K on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    Any dependent has to be born in the calender year your taxes are for–so if you have the child in December, you can claim him or her on your 2012 taxes even if that child was born on December 31, 2012. HOWEVER—you absolutely HAVE to have a social security number for the baby to claim them as a dependent–you can get this as soon as you sign for the birth certificate at the hospital. If you don’t have a SS number for the child, you can be fined $ 50. So make sure you register your newborn with Social Security immediately.Ask the hospital for Form SS-5 to apply for a social security card when you get the birth certificate.

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  6. Bobbie on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    ONLY when you do meet the rules to be able to qualify to claim the baby as long it is born ALIVE before midnight December 31 2012 for this purpose and when you are NOT dependent of another taxpayer for the tax year 2012 for this purpose.
    And you also will need to have some amount of QUALIFIED EARNED income that you have worked for during the 2012 tax year W-2 from employer or Self employment income schedule C and the SE of the 1040 income tax return for this purpose.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 10/14/2012

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  7. tro on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    if the child is born before midnite Dec. 31, yo claim the child, and the personal exemption of $ 3800

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  8. StephenWeinstein on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    If he lives with you from the moment he is born (or comes home from the hospital) until the end of the year, then he does not have to be six months. He does not even have to be six minutes old. If he is born before midnight on December 31, then he can be claimed; if he is born on or after January 1, then he can’t.

    The “6 month” rule is that if there is a part of the year when he is living and is not living with you, then he has to be living with you for at least 6 months to be claimed as a “qualifying child”. However, the rule does not apply if he lived with year the entire time that he was living. And, even if it stopped him from being claimed as a qualifying child, he could still be claimed as a “qualifying relative”.

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  9. Judy on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    That someone is clueless.

    If the baby is born by 12/31, you can claim him for the year.

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  10. ? on Oct 15, 2012 Reply

    “someone told me ”

    Once again, “Someone” doesn’t know jack.

    As long as the child is live born as of 11:59:59PM on December 31 he/she is considered a dependent for the entire year.

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  11. TJ on Dec 12, 2012 Reply

    To claim the child as a dependent on your federal taxes, it must be born within the calendar year, or by midnight, Dec 31. To earn the Child Tax Credit, you must have supported the child for half of the year (Residence Check), which is where the 6 months comes in. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule: A child is considered to have lived with you for all of 2011 if the child was born or died in 2011 and your home was this child’s home for the entire time he or she was alive. Temporary absences by you or the child for special circumstances, such as school, vacation, business, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time the child lived with you.(Reference IRS Publication 972 – 2011). So, if it is born in the calendar year, and lived with you for its entire time alive, it should still qualify for that credit.

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