Family

by Cammie
(MN)

I am married, can my husband and I file completely seperate tax returns, as if we are single?

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Question For My Daughter

by Kay Mercer
(Oklahoma)

My daughter has lived with a man in texas for 3 years, last year he claimed married on his taxes, need to know if they are now common law married?

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Family Trust Question

My father passed away in 2010 leaving his house in a family trust with me as the trustee and whenever we are able to sell it my brother,sister and myself are equal beneficiaries.

In aug 2011 the house suffered damage from a major flood and my brother put 2500 dollars in the trust account to cover the cost of fixing it back up to where it was at pre flood. Can he write any of that cost off on his personal income tax return.

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I Have Supported My Niece

Can I use my niece as a dependent? Does it make a difference of age?

Hello,

Thanks for your inquiry.

You can claim your niece as a dependent if she meets certain qualifications.

According to IRS Pub 17:

You cannot claim any dependents if you, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.

You cannot claim a married person who files a joint return as a dependent.

You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico.

You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative.

Tests To Be a Qualifying Child:

1. The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.

2. The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), (b) under age 24 at the end of the year, a full-time student, and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled.

3. The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year.

4. The child must not have provided more than half of his or her support for the year.

5. The child is not filing a joint return for the year (unless that return is filed only as a claim for refund)

Tests To Be a Qualifying Relative:

1. The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer.

2. The person either (a) must be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you, or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household (and your relationship must not violate local law).

3. The person’s gross income for the year must be less than $3,650.

4. You must provide more than half of the person’s total own support for the year.

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Inlaw

by Dagan
(Pa)

I usually claim head of houshold, my father in law now lives with us. Can I claim him? He is retired.

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My ill Brother

My brother is in need of a liver transplant and my wife and I have moved him into our residence. I take him to all of his AA meetings and doctor visits as well as providing him with a room in our house and meals. How much of our care for him can we write off on our income taxes. We live in Texas. Thanks.

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Siblings Living in the Same House But One Pays Mortgage

I own a house and my brother lives with me. I pay the mortgage and all other costs. He pays me about half the money. Can I deduct all interest and taxes on my return? Do I have to report the money my brother pays me as income?

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Tax Dependent Claim For Brother

I lived w/my brother, and did not work, from may 2011 to end of year. from jan. to may, however, i earned $25-30k. living on my own.

This would disallow his claiming me as a dependent. Correct?

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Twins

by Kiesha
(Columbia, SC, US)

Are you required to file twin children together on income taxes?

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