Can I claim someone who isn't my child as a dependent?

Created by Shubha Bisht, Modified on Wed, 24 Jan at 12:11 PM by Shubha Bisht

You may be able to claim someone as a dependent if they are considered a qualifying relative and don’t meet the criteria for the Child Tax Credit. Instead, they may qualify for the Credit for Other Dependents. The maximum credit amount is $500 for each dependent. All of the following will need to be true for you to claim the credit:

  • Eligibility: Cannot be a qualifying child of any taxpayer.

  • Residency: They must live at your residence all year or be on the list of “relatives who do not live with you” in Publication 501. 

  • Income: They can't have a gross income of more than $4,700.00 in 2023.

  • Support: You must provide more than half of their total support each year.

The Credit for Other Dependents amount begins to phase out where modified adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000 ($400,000 in case of a joint return).


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