I just finished my taxes, and stated on there that no one can claim me as a dependent. Back when I was 18, my parents claimed me as a dependent and I got no money back. This year however I took a look at the new rules which you have to meet in order to be claimed as a dependent. You can be a qualified child: To be. show more I just finished my taxes, and stated on there that no one can claim me as a dependent. Back when I was 18, my parents claimed me as a dependent and I got no money back. This year however I took a look at the new rules which you have to meet in order to be claimed as a dependent. You can be a qualified child:
To be claimed as a qualifying child, the person must meet four criteria:
Relationship — the person must be your child, step child, adopted child, foster child, brother or sister, or a descendant of one of these (for example, a grandchild or nephew).
Residence — for more than half the year, the person must have the same residence as you do.
Age — the person must be
* under age 19 at the end of the year, or
* under age 24 and a be a full-time student for at least five months out of the year, or
* any age and totally and permanently disabled.
Support — the person did not provide more than half of his or her own support during the year.
I meet two out of four, Relationship and Residence.
And do not meet age or support requirement. I am 20 years of age half time student, and support my self with tuition, transportation, food, clothing,
insurance, and other things. The only support I receive from my family is a roof over my head, which I pay them $400 a month for.
The other qualifications were for a relative.
To be claimed as a qualifying relative, the person must meet all of the following criteria:
Not a qualifying child - The dependent cannot be a qualifying child of another taxpayer.
Gross Income – The dependent earns less than the personal exemption amount during the year. For 2009 and 2010, this means the dependent earns less than $3,650.
Total Support – You provide more than half of the dependent's total support during the year.
Relationship – You are related to the dependent in certain ways.
Joint Return – If the dependent is married, the dependent cannot file a joint return with his or her spouse.
Citizenship – The dependent must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
With this one, I only qualify 4 out of six. I cant qualify as a child, I am related to my parents, I am not married, and I am a citizen.
The others I did not qualify, I made way more than $3,600 and I do not receive more than half of support.
So after reading all this I concluded that my parents may not claim me as a dependent. When I told them about it, they denied it and said as long as I live under their roof they can claim me, but they don't understand the fact, that they cant its against the federal government rules, and that if I file as a dependent not only will I loose all the money I could be getting back, my parents wont get squat. Can they still claim me?