Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Dependent Roommate

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I'm wondering if it's possible to claim a roommate as a dependent on my Federal taxes?  They haven't worked in in a year and I have been paying all of the rent, food and other bills for my apartment.  Thanks for any help!

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Hello Mark,

Thank you for your question, unfortunately the answer is No, and here is why.

You can claim as a dependent either a qualifying child or a qualifying relative. I am taking it that your roommate is not your relatives, and as for the qualifying child they need to be either your children or your sister or brother.

I hope that I have answered your question.

Regards,
Abraham Itani, CPA

P.S. please, rate my answer.

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TAX QUESTIONS DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OUTBOUND AND INBOUND. FBAR COMPLIANCE. CORPORATE, PERSONAL, PARTNERSHIP, PASS TROUGH ENTITIES, S-CORPORATION, LLC, TRUST, GIFT TAX, 1120, 1040, LATE FILING, NON FILING, AMT, FTC.

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MORE THAN 10 YEARS OF STATE AUDIT TAXATION, MORE THAN 10 YEARS OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC TAX EXPERIENCE WITH ITANI ACCOUNTING AND TAX, KPMG AND MNP. DEALING WITH HIGH NET WEALTH INDIVIDUALS, LARGE PARTNERSHIPS, EXPAT., CFC AND PFIC. DEALING WITH TAXING AUTHORITY ON ISSUES OF NON FILINGS AND LATE FILINGS.

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CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT IN NEW JERSEY AND COLORADO.

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