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What is a dependent?


A dependent is a person for whom you provide more than half of their support.

Dependents will usually have to either be related to you or live with you for the entire year to qualify. In addition, they must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or residents or residents of Canada or Mexico
  • Cannot be claimed on anyone else’s return

Depending on the nature of your relationship to the dependent, they may have an income limitation to qualify as a dependent.

If you are unsure if someone can be your dependent, please enter their information in the questionnaire and discuss it with your accountant.

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