Tag Archives: dependents

Custodial Parent Rules

For purposes of deductions and exemptions, a custodial parent can claim a child as a dependent in many cases. The tax law has very specific rules about who can qualify as a custodial parent. The following describes a specific situation in which the rules of custodial parents needed to be examined closely to determine which […]

So You Think You Can Claim A Dependent?

Claiming a dependent is a great way to save some cash on your taxes, though you need to be sure that the person you claim actually qualifies as a dependent. There are several rules for claiming dependents on your tax returns, including requirements for qualifying children or relatives. The following information will help you determine […]

What if you were claimed as a Dependent?

If you claim a dependent, and another taxpayer lists the same person as their dependent, the IRS is likely going to reject your tax return. Generally, to claim a dependent you supply the IRS with the dependent’s Social Security number, which is used to authenticate your relationship with the person and that some basic rules […]

Who Qualifies as a Dependent?

Once you begin preparing your taxes, it won’t be long before you begin to question who you can claim as a dependent. It’s important to know who qualifies, because each dependent can save you a little extra by way of an exemption – a set amount deducted directly from your taxable interest. The dependent exemption […]

Being a Parent Can Be Extra Rewarding

Taxes can be difficult to prepare on your own, and as a parent, the addition of dependents can make things even more difficult. However, by claiming your child(ren) as a dependent, you become entitled to a variety of tax savings from the government. In order to maximize your benefits as a parent, follow these tips: […]

Deductions and Dependents Save You Money

At tax time, anything that can help save you money off your tax bill is highly welcomed. These two tax items can put more money in your wallet, where you need it most. Deductions Deductions are a great way to reduce the amount you owe in taxes at the end of the year. Expenses that […]

Deducting Care For Dependents

Ensuring that you have adequate care for your children when you have to work can really put a damper on your budget. This type of expense may be deductible through the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which is a tax credit available to working parents. This credit can save you Up to $3000, which is […]

Children Bring Joy and Tax Deductions

Having a baby can be one of life’s greatest treasures. From their first smile, first step, first word, and even their first tax deduction- wait, what? That’s right, having a baby not only enriches your life, but also your pocket come tax time. The US Department of Agriculture reports that it costs an average of […]

For 2014, taxpayers are eligible to receive an exemption of $3,950 (a fixed amount) if they are responsible for supporting another individual. There are a few other qualifying factors to what is known as the dependency exemption. Provided they meet the requirements, a taxpayer can receive a dependency exemption for each person they support. The […]

If you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you still may be required to file your own return. To determine whether or not you need to file, consider the following definitions and how they relate to you: Unearned Income – is any taxable interest, ordinary dividends, and capital gains distributions you […]