Can I claim step children in my taxes?
Asked by: livingeditor
Last year, my girlfriend and I got married in December. She had three kids of her own, was going to school full-time, and did not have a job. She was living with relatives, but none of the relatives claimed her or any of her kids as dependants. The kids have never lived with their father. A little before we got married her and all the kids moved into my house.
I know I can file as married filing jointly, because all that matters is my marital state at the end of the year. However, can I claim her children as dependants? I am just wondering because they did not live with me the whole year and I am the one contributing to all the income.
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