Dependents

Q.

If you have a child living under your roof and is over the age of 19 but is not in school and working a part-time job, can you claim them on your taxes?

A.

A person can be your depended even if they do not meet the IRS guidelines as a dependent. A child (which is a dependent) is a person who is 19 or younger (24 or younger if in college), related to you, lives in your house and you provided more than 50% of their total support. A general dependent does not have an age requirement and may not even have to be related to you. In some cases, related dependents may not have to live with you to qualify to be listed on your return. It is always suggested that you speak with your tax professional about who qualifies as a dependent on your tax return. Don’t have a tax professional? Ask Ms. Tax!