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Do we have to claim the money given to us as rent by a relative, if he was living in our primary residence with us for part of 2012?  If we do, where should we enter it on the 1040?

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Heather,

It depends on what the money was for. Was it a gift and under $13,000? If so, then no.

On the other hand, if the money was for rent, i.e. use of part of your home, then yes, it is reportable as income.

On the third hand, if the money was simply a reimbursement for expenses you paid on the relative's behalf that were not deductible expenses by you on your tax return (like utilities, food, etc) then the money is not considered income.

Take care,  

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