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what kind of proof will the IRS require to prove residency if I want to claim by unemployed bf as a dependent?

Asked by: pmitchem 2225 views YA Discussion

I have been supporting my boyfriend financially and I wanted to know if I can claim him on on income tax returns. I already know that I have to prove he lives with me, but how could I do that? What kinds of records or paperwork could I provide them if I were to be audited?

Thanks so much. All help is already appreciated.

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  1. Quick Answers on Apr 05, 2012 Reply

    Plan on proving he lived with you at the end of 2010 and into 2012.


    If you claim a non-blood related person as a qualifying relative, send proof the person has lived in your home for the entire 12 months of the year. To show both of you lived together at the same address or addresses for all of 2010 send either:

    1. School, medical, daycare, or social service records.
    2. A letter on the official letterhead from a school, medical provider, social service agency, or place of worship that shows names, common address and dates. (If you send a letter from a relative who provides your daycare, you MUST send at least one additional letter.)

    You will also need to submit proof of your income, your rent, your utlities, etc as you prove you provided him more than half of his total support.

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  2. the kid on Apr 05, 2012 Reply

    He had to live with you ALL of 2011. Utility bills dating back to the beginning of the year, etc woudl work.

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  3. Bobbie on Apr 05, 2012 Reply

    Very good detailed written records of this for the whole year from MIdnight of December 31 2010 through Midnight of December 31 2012 for the residency requirement for a nonblood related dependent and also no local laws have been violated that would apply to your situation for this tax year and the support worksheet that you would also have to use for this purpose and time IF the IRS decides that they do want to see the proof for to verify your Information at that time in your life.
    Exemptions for Dependents


    All the requirements for claiming an exemption for a dependent are summarized in Table 5.
    Table 5. Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent
    You cannot claim any dependents if you, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.
    The person’s gross income for the year must be less than $ 3,700.
    You must provide more than half of the person’s total support for the year.
    Support provided by the state (welfare, food stamps, housing, etc.). Benefits provided by the state to a needy person generally are considered support provided by the state. However, payments based on the needs of the recipient will not be considered as used entirely for that person’s support if it is shown that part of the payments were not used for that purpose.
    Total Support
    To figure if you provided more than half of a person’s support, you must first determine the total support provided for that person. Total support includes amounts spent to provide food, lodging, clothing, education, medical and dental care, recreation, transportation, and similar necessities.
    Generally, the amount of an item of support is the amount of the expense incurred in providing that item. For lodging, the amount of support is the fair rental value of the lodging.
    Expenses that are not directly related to any one member of a household, such as the cost of food for the household, must be divided among the members of the household.
    Worksheet 1.Worksheet for Determining Support
    And you will have to do this worksheet for each one that you think that you might be able to claim for the support test and make sure that you do have the needed necessary written proof in IF and when the IRS might decide that they would want you to VERIFY the information that you entered on your correctly completed income tax return during the tax filing season.
    And you do have to sign the completed tax return where the below statement is included at bottom of the page of the 1040 tax form for your use at this time in your life.
    Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and accurately lists all amounts and sources of income I received during the tax year.
    Your signature Date Your occupation
    Be sure that you do have very good detailed written records and a copy of the worksheet that you used to determine the amount of support that you and others paid for this purpose available in case the IRS should decide that they would want you to verify some of the information that you entered on your 1040 income tax return and printed a copy for your records and signed the other copy to send to the IRS for processing at that time in your life.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 04/05/2012

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  4. chatsplas on Apr 05, 2012 Reply

    He must have lived with you the entire year and received LESS than $ 3700 in wages or unemployment compensation
    PLUS you must have provided MORE than half his support
    Support worksheets at http://www.irs.gov
    If he’s on the lease, that’s a good starter, or if any utility bills are in his name, mail he receives at the address, his use of address to apply for any knind of assistance, medicaid
    Your statement or affidavit, neighbors statements, LL’s stmt

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  5. tro on Apr 05, 2012 Reply

    is he on your lease? does he attend school?
    does he have any kind of accounts that he has shown your address as his?

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