Can I claim my sister on my taxes?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Boston, MA

She's 22 and she lives in my apartment with complete support from me. How would I prove she lives with me and that she's my sister with a different last name?

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  1. Eric P Rothenberg


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    Answered . These are best answered by your tax retrurn preparer. You will need to have a conversation with your sister as well to make sure both are on the same page.

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  2. Andrew B Gordon


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    Answered . You may qualify for the support test. You should talk to a CPA further to determine.

    Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!

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  3. Steven Anderson Leahy


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    Answered . There are circumstances when this kind of living arrangement would qualify her as your dependent. However, there are questions that need to be answered before you can get a definitive answer. Talk to your tax preparer or CPA.

    I hope this helps.
    Steven A. Leahy

    Please note that the above is not intended as legal advice, it is for educational purposes only. No attorney-... more
  4. Christopher Michael Larson

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    Answered . Is she a full-time college student? If so, she could be a qualifying child to you. If not, she would need to make less than roughly 4k per year, and you could claim her as a qualifying relative. This basically means you only get the exemption, and not Head of Household or the EIC.

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