Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/dependent qualification


Our 19 year old daughter has moved out of our house and is sharing an apartment in the same town. When I do my taxes next year, could I still claim her as a dependent even though she will have been at our house less than half the year? I do her tax returns and it would certainly be in our favor to claim her on our return. She works parttime but only makes $5000/yr and is enrolled as a full time college student. We will still provide most of her expenses, including college, vehicle, and medical care. I know technically we can't claim her because of the residency test, but would there be a way around this? How would the IRS even know if her mailing address stays with our house.

How would they (IRS) know is not the legal threshold that you want to rely upon, is it?

Actually upon second thought,   The fact she is "away at college" allows you to take her as resident of your home - as long as she is considered full time student.

You get her from jan 1 till when she goes to college...  And you provide more than half her support.  So it would seem to me as she meets the test.  (I do hope her apartment is closer to school than your home?)

Voila.   You win!

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