I have a niece (5 and disable (mental)) who collect ssi from the gov't every month. She resides with me and her mother. The mother doesn't work. I just got a job the beginning of July of 2011. Before this we were paying bills such as rent, food, electric bill and etc with a settlement I received from a car accident.
For the 5 months I worked out of the year in 2011, I made a pinch over what she received from the gov't for ssi. Since it was the settlement from the car accident that I was using to pay for the bills before I got my job, could I claim her as a dependent. Her ssi, couldn't only do the bills.
Would I have to have proof of the settlement money or something like that?
Thank you for your advice and help.