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Old 01-14-2009, 04:49 PM
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Does anyone know if I can claim my man as a dependent if we aren't married? It's not like I don't support him. Sorry if this question has been asked and answered already.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:53 PM
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I dont believe that you can claim him, unless he lived with you 6 months out of the year. I would call a tax place to be specific.
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I heard that we CAN'T claim them, becuz they are state property... UGH I hate that wording....
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:06 PM
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Dependants are children under 19 or under 21 if still in school, something like that, or if someone is disabled... Its very hard to claim any one else. Even if he was living with you and not working you still could not claim him as a dependant.
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Correct, he's not a dependant, married or not. He is supported by the state although you might send him money, etc.
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A lady was arrested for this just recently here in California. She claimed her boyfriend as a dependent on her tax return. I'm pretty sure the link to the story was posted here on PTO somewhere but I can't find it. ... Our resident tax expert is Tazz'Girl, here's a forum from last year that answers what qualifies as 'dependents" (inmates don't), and whether it's best to file married and jointly, etc.:
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/sho...&highlight=irs
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Dependants are children under 19 or under 21 if still in school, something like that, or if someone is disabled... Its very hard to claim any one else. Even if he was living with you and not working you still could not claim him as a dependant.
It is possible to claim someone who does not meet the requirements you listed if they are not incarcerated. I claimed my unemployed brother last year who is age 34 and was able to do so just because he received no unemployment or other support and lived in my home the entire year. He was not an inmate however so I am not saying you can do that, I just don't want anyone who is in the situation I was in to miss that opportunity. Marcia
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i have to agree with the post above you can claim anyone as long as they were in your household for more than six monhs out of the year becasue they had no other form of income and you were taking care for them. the refund will not be as much as that of a minor but you would get something back for the person and to answer the question you can only claim for him if he lived with you for six months out of the tax year and if h is eligible to file he can file also.
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no you can't claim your boyfriend as a dependent, you can not claim non family members but yes you can claim an adult family member but you get something like 50 dollars back, they had to live in you house 6 months out of the year and you have to be filing as head of household
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no you can't claim your boyfriend as a dependent, you can not claim non family members but yes you can claim an adult family member but you get something like 50 dollars back, they had to live in you house 6 months out of the year and you have to be filing as head of household
I actually got the standard amount allowed for a dependent when I carried my brother. I don't remember the exact amount and I am to tired to look for my last years return tonight but it was a heck of a lot more than $50.00; more like $1,250 if I remember correctly. BTW: My BFF carries her boyfriend who lives with her, is not legally employed and is certainly not related to her. You can go to the tax refund on-line website and find all the allowable deductions to be sure...Marcia
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What ever you do , make sure that you talk too your tax office first. To make sure you aren't doing anything that can get you in trouble
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You can not claim an inmate as a dependent, no matter how much money you have sent them. They are property of the state and the state provides for their needs. Anything we send them is just gifts basically. It sounds cold, but that is the way it is. Trust me, I wish I could claim the thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars I have spent in the past 2 years .... lol ......
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I claimed my boyfriend last year on my taxes as a dependent. He got out of prison is May so he lived with me over 6 months and had no income. It was completely legal to do so. There are many exceptions for adult dependents and it will all depend on your individual tax filing status. But you can not claim them at all if they were locked up for more than half the year.
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a dependent dose not have to be someone under the age of 21 . No you cant claim anyone in prison as a dependent married or not
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okay ladies so my question is My bf lived with me from Jan 08 to july 08 he worked for only for 1 month he didnt even make 1,500 can I claim him as a dependent ?? I dont want to get in trouble !!! my bf tells me to do it but im scared !!! its only like and extra 500 dollars which I can use but I have my son and my self as head of household!!!
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Thank you all for your information. I really appreciate it. I will definitely not even think of trying to claim him now. I don't like that they are considered state property either.
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okay ladies so my question is My bf lived with me from Jan 08 to july 08 he worked for only for 1 month he didnt even make 1,500 can I claim him as a dependent ?? I dont want to get in trouble !!! my bf tells me to do it but im scared !!! its only like and extra 500 dollars which I can use but I have my son and my self as head of household!!!
Your best bet is to ask a tax professional. All you have to do is call H&R Block and ask really.
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Yes your best bet always when dealing with the govt is get their opinion on a situation last before going on to do it. Cause while someoone else may have done something similiar, it may not work out for you.
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If you are in a state that recognizes common-law marriages, http://www.ncsl.org/programs/cyf/commonlaw.htmcan probably file as married. since he didn't work, the overall tax rate would probably be less than you filing single, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf you should probably calculate the tax both ways, filing single and filing married to see which is to your advantage. But there is no way you can claim him as your dependent

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To claim someone as your dependent, it has to be a relative-there are no exceptions. The only thing that might help is filing jointly - if you resided in a state that recognizes common-law marriages, which California doesn't.
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To claim someone as your dependent, it has to be a relative-there are no exceptions. The only thing that might help is filing jointly - if you resided in a state that recognizes common-law marriages, which California doesn't.
a dependent does not have to be a relative
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