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Good afternoon! I'm 31 years old, I have two children & my parents have afforded me the wonderful pleasure of being a stay-@-home/homeschooling mom. Since I don't work, nor attend school & can't claim my children, are my parents able to claim them? Can they claim me as one of their dependents also?

Thank you so much for your time!


Thanks for your question.

In order for them to claim you or your children as dependents, each of you must separately meet all of the following requirements.  The test must be applied individually:

For you:

1. They must have provided over half your support.
2. Your gross income cannot exceed $3,950.
3. You must have lived in their household for the entire year.

For the children:

1. They must be under age 19 at the end of they year.
2. They must have lived in their household for over half the year.
3. They must have provided over half the support for the children

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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