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Can my step dad claim me on my taxes?

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I’m 19 and just started college. My mother and father aren’t together. I live with neither. I do live with my step dad but he’s never adopted me. Can he legally claim me?


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  1. Bash Limpbutt's Oozing Cyst© on Jan 22, 2013 Reply

    A step parent has the same rights as a natural parent under the Tax Code. If you lived in his home for more than half of 2012, were a full-time student for more than part of any 5 months in 2012, and didn’t provide more than half of your OWN support then he can claim you as a dependent under the Qualifying Child rule. That would also be true if you turned 19 in 2013 but don’t meet the student test. He can also claim the EIC and file as Head of Household if otherwise eligible.

    If you turned 19 in 2012 and don’t meet the student test for 2012, he can still claim you under the Qualifying Relative rule if your gross income was less than $ 3,800 and he provided more than half of your total support. No EIC in this case, but he can probably file as Head of Household.

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  2. Cathi K on Jan 22, 2013 Reply

    For tax purposes a step parent, even if divorced from your parent, has the same rights as other divorced parents. If you qualify as a dependent he can.

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  3. acmeraven on Jan 22, 2013 Reply

    You had better go to IRS.GOV and download or order a PUB 929 and go through the flow charts for the correct answer based you your facts only.

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  4. Max Hoopla on Jan 22, 2013 Reply

    If your step father and your real mother file a joint return they may provided you qualify as their dependent.

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  5. Judy on Jan 22, 2013 Reply

    A step-parent is treated for tax purposes just like a bio parent, even if they and your bio parent are no longer together.

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