okay, so my boyfriend and i are still together, we live and raise our child together. this is our first year of filing taxes with her involved. Since my honey makes the most money I figured that he should be the Head of Household and also claim her as a depended since he would get twice as much for her than I would (sounds horrible I know, but we're trying to pay off bills w/this money)...now, I've been told that I HAVE to report her to the IRS...So i'm filing as a single, and listing her as a non-dependent...the example was for separated/divorced parents where one claims the child as a dependent and the other claims the child as a non-dependent...am i doing this right? because they are still giving me $1,000 credit and I'm freaked out that i've done it wrong...it was so much easier when it was just me! lol
just put that you dont have any since he is going to claim her.
My understanding is that claiming someone as "non-dependent" is only allowed if the person is going to file their own taxes and claim independent status (such as an adult child). You cannot claim the child as a non-dependent, and then have your boyfriend claim them as a dependent because being a non-dependent means they don't depend on anyone but themselves.
From Turbo Tax:
Your child doesn't have to be your dependent in order to claim them for EIC.
1. Relationship, - since you state it is your adult child you should meet this test.
2. Age, - If they are full time students, they still must be under the age of 24 on december 31st of 2010.
3. Residency, - lived with you in the US for more than half of the year.
4. Joint return. - they can't file a joint return.
They Can NOT be claimed by their other parent, or anyone else as a dependent.
They can file their own returns and claim themselves.
There are other rules for Qualifying for the EIC credit. Just go through the EIC section of the interview and answer the questions to see if you get the credit.
I do not think you have to report her. The first year after my daughter was born my step mom claimed her, then the following year my mom claimed her. After that my husband claimed her on his own until we were married. I never claimed her as a non dependant.
okay, thanks ladies! i was so confused! and i def. didn't want to make a $1,000 mistake! lol...now to go back and fix that...I googled it for like an hour and didn't find out anything...i should have came here first! lol