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1040 ez tax forms 3. 1040 ez tax forms   Personal Exemptions and Dependents Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ExemptionsPersonal Exemptions Exemptions for Dependents Qualifying Child Qualifying Relative Phaseout of Exemptions Social Security Numbers for DependentsBorn and died in 2013. 1040 ez tax forms Taxpayer identification numbers for aliens. 1040 ez tax forms Taxpayer identification numbers for adoptees. 1040 ez tax forms What's New Exemption amount. 1040 ez tax forms  The amount you can deduct for each exemption has increased. 1040 ez tax forms It was $3,800 for 2012. 1040 ez tax forms It is $3,900 for 2013. 1040 ez tax forms Exemption phaseout. 1040 ez tax forms  You lose at least part of the benefit of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount. 1040 ez tax forms For 2013, this amount is $150,000 for a married individual filing a separate return; $250,000 for a single individual; $275,000 for a head of household; and $300,000 for married individuals filing jointly or a qualifying widow(er). 1040 ez tax forms See Phaseout of Exemptions , later. 1040 ez tax forms Introduction This chapter discusses the following topics. 1040 ez tax forms Personal exemptions — You generally can take one for yourself and, if you are married, one for your spouse. 1040 ez tax forms Exemptions for dependents — You generally can take an exemption for each of your dependents. 1040 ez tax forms A dependent is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms If you are entitled to claim an exemption for a dependent, that dependent cannot claim a personal exemption on his or her own tax return. 1040 ez tax forms Phaseout of exemptions — Your deduction is reduced if your adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount. 1040 ez tax forms Social security number (SSN) requirement for dependents — You must list the SSN of any dependent for whom you claim an exemption. 1040 ez tax forms Deduction. 1040 ez tax forms   Exemptions reduce your taxable income. 1040 ez tax forms You can deduct $3,900 for each exemption you claim in 2013. 1040 ez tax forms But you may lose at least part of the dollar amount of your exemptions if your adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount. 1040 ez tax forms See Phaseout of Exemptions , later. 1040 ez tax forms How to claim exemptions. 1040 ez tax forms    How you claim an exemption on your tax return depends on which form you file. 1040 ez tax forms    If you file Form 1040EZ, the exemption amount is combined with the standard deduction amount and entered on line 5. 1040 ez tax forms    If you file Form 1040A, complete lines 6a through 6d. 1040 ez tax forms The total number of exemptions you can claim is the total in the box on line 6d. 1040 ez tax forms Also complete line 26. 1040 ez tax forms   If you file Form 1040, complete lines 6a through 6d. 1040 ez tax forms The total number of exemptions you can claim is the total in the box on line 6d. 1040 ez tax forms Also complete line 42. 1040 ez tax forms Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information Form (and Instructions) 2120 Multiple Support Declaration 8332 Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent Exemptions There are two types of exemptions you may be able to take: Personal exemptions for yourself and your spouse, and Exemptions for dependents (dependency exemptions). 1040 ez tax forms While each is worth the same amount ($3,900 for 2013), different rules apply to each type. 1040 ez tax forms Personal Exemptions You are generally allowed one exemption for yourself. 1040 ez tax forms If you are married, you may be allowed one exemption for your spouse. 1040 ez tax forms These are called personal exemptions. 1040 ez tax forms Your Own Exemption You can take one exemption for yourself unless you can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms If another taxpayer is entitled to claim you as a dependent, you cannot take an exemption for yourself even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim you as a dependent. 1040 ez tax forms Your Spouse's Exemption Your spouse is never considered your dependent. 1040 ez tax forms Joint return. 1040 ez tax forms   On a joint return you can claim one exemption for yourself and one for your spouse. 1040 ez tax forms Separate return. 1040 ez tax forms   If you file a separate return, you can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms This is true even if the other taxpayer does not actually claim your spouse as a dependent. 1040 ez tax forms You can claim an exemption for your spouse even if he or she is a nonresident alien; in that case, your spouse must have no gross income for U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms tax purposes, must not be filing a return, and must not be the dependent of another taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms Death of spouse. 1040 ez tax forms   If your spouse died during the year and you file a joint return for yourself and your deceased spouse, you generally can claim your spouse's exemption under the rules just explained in Joint return . 1040 ez tax forms If you file a separate return for the year, you may be able to claim your spouse's exemption under the rules just described in Separate return . 1040 ez tax forms   If you remarried during the year, you cannot take an exemption for your deceased spouse. 1040 ez tax forms   If you are a surviving spouse without gross income and you remarry in the year your spouse died, you can be claimed as an exemption on both the final separate return of your deceased spouse and the separate return of your new spouse for that year. 1040 ez tax forms If you file a joint return with your new spouse, you can be claimed as an exemption only on that return. 1040 ez tax forms Divorced or separated spouse. 1040 ez tax forms   If you obtained a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance during the year, you cannot take your former spouse's exemption. 1040 ez tax forms This rule applies even if you provided all of your former spouse's support. 1040 ez tax forms Exemptions for Dependents You are allowed one exemption for each person you can claim as a dependent. 1040 ez tax forms You can claim an exemption for a dependent even if your dependent files a return. 1040 ez tax forms The term “dependent” means: A qualifying child, or A qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms The terms “ qualifying child ” and “ qualifying relative ” are defined later. 1040 ez tax forms You can claim an exemption for a qualifying child or qualifying relative only if these three tests are met. 1040 ez tax forms Dependent taxpayer test. 1040 ez tax forms Joint return test. 1040 ez tax forms Citizen or resident test. 1040 ez tax forms These three tests are explained in detail later. 1040 ez tax forms All the requirements for claiming an exemption for a dependent are summarized in Table 3-1. 1040 ez tax forms Table 3-1. 1040 ez tax forms Overview of the Rules for Claiming an Exemption for a Dependent Caution. 1040 ez tax forms This table is only an overview of the rules. 1040 ez tax forms For details, see the rest of this chapter. 1040 ez tax forms You cannot claim any dependents if you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) could be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms   You cannot claim a married person who files a joint return as a dependent unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid. 1040 ez tax forms   You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizen, U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms resident alien, U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. 1040 ez tax forms 1  You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms   Tests To Be a Qualifying Child   Tests To Be a Qualifying Relative 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. 1040 ez tax forms   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 student, and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled. 1040 ez tax forms   The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year. 1040 ez tax forms 2  The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms   The child is not filing a joint return for the year (unless that return is filed only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid). 1040 ez tax forms  If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, only one person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms See the Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person to find out which person is the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms   The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms   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 household2 (and your relationship must not violate local law). 1040 ez tax forms   The person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,900. 1040 ez tax forms 3  You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms 4  1There is an exception for certain adopted children. 1040 ez tax forms 2There are exceptions for temporary absences, children who were born or died during the year, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. 1040 ez tax forms 3There is an exception if the person is disabled and has income from a sheltered workshop. 1040 ez tax forms 4There are exceptions for multiple support agreements, children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), and kidnapped children. 1040 ez tax forms Dependent not allowed a personal exemption. 1040 ez tax forms If you can claim an exemption for your dependent, the dependent cannot claim his or her own personal exemption on his or her own tax return. 1040 ez tax forms This is true even if you do not claim the dependent's exemption on your return. 1040 ez tax forms It is also true if the dependent's exemption on your return is reduced or eliminated under the phaseout rule described under Phaseout of Exemptions, later. 1040 ez tax forms Housekeepers, maids, or 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can claim an exemption for a person who files a joint return if that person and his or her spouse file the joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1—child files joint return. 1040 ez tax forms You supported your 18-year-old daughter, and she lived with you all year while her husband was in the Armed Forces. 1040 ez tax forms He earned $25,000 for the year. 1040 ez tax forms The couple files a joint return. 1040 ez tax forms You cannot take an exemption for your daughter. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2—child files joint return only as claim for refund of withheld tax. 1040 ez tax forms Your 18-year-old son and his 17-year-old wife had $800 of wages from part-time jobs and no other income. 1040 ez tax forms Neither is required to file a tax return. 1040 ez tax forms They do not have a child. 1040 ez tax forms Taxes were taken out of their pay so they filed a joint return only to get a refund of the withheld taxes. 1040 ez 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Child's place of residence. 1040 ez tax forms   Children usually are citizens or residents of the country of their parents. 1040 ez tax forms   If you were a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizen when your child was born, the child may be a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizen and meet this test even if the other parent was a nonresident alien and the child was born in a foreign country. 1040 ez tax forms Foreign students' place of residence. 1040 ez tax forms   Foreign students brought to this country under a qualified international education exchange program and placed in American homes for a temporary period generally are not U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms residents and do not meet this test. 1040 ez tax forms You cannot claim an exemption for them. 1040 ez tax forms However, if you provided a home for a foreign student, you may be able to take a charitable contribution deduction. 1040 ez tax forms See Expenses Paid for Student Living With You in chapter 24. 1040 ez tax forms U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms national. 1040 ez tax forms   A U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms national is an individual who, although not a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizen, owes his or her allegiance to the United States. 1040 ez tax forms U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms nationals include American Samoans and Northern Mariana Islanders who chose to become U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms nationals instead of U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizens. 1040 ez tax forms Qualifying Child Five tests must be met for a child to be your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms The five tests are: Relationship, Age, Residency, Support, and Joint return. 1040 ez tax forms These tests are explained next. 1040 ez tax forms If a child meets the five tests to be the qualifying child of more than one person, a special rule applies to determine which person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms See Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person, later. 1040 ez tax forms Relationship Test To meet this test, a child must be: Your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant (for example, your grandchild) of any of them, or Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant (for example, your niece or nephew) of any of them. 1040 ez tax forms Adopted child. 1040 ez tax forms   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. 1040 ez tax forms The term “adopted child” includes a child who was lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. 1040 ez tax forms Foster child. 1040 ez tax forms   A foster child is an individual who is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. 1040 ez tax forms Age Test To meet this test, a child must be: Under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), A student under age 24 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse, if filing jointly), or Permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year, regardless of age. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms Your son turned 19 on December 10. 1040 ez tax forms Unless he was permanently and totally disabled or a student, he does not meet the age test because, at the end of the year, he was not under age 19. 1040 ez tax forms Child must be younger than you or spouse. 1040 ez tax forms   To be your qualifying child, a child who is not permanently and totally disabled must be younger than you. 1040 ez tax forms However, if you are married filing jointly, the child must be younger than you or your spouse but does not have to be younger than both of you. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1—child not younger than you or spouse. 1040 ez tax forms Your 23-year-old brother, who is a student and unmarried, lives with you and your spouse. 1040 ez tax forms He is not disabled. 1040 ez tax forms Both you and your spouse are 21 years old, and you file a joint return. 1040 ez tax forms Your brother is not your qualifying child because he is not younger than you or your spouse. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2—child younger than your spouse but not younger than you. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your spouse is 25 years old. 1040 ez tax forms Because your brother is younger than your spouse, and you and your spouse are filing a joint return, your brother is your qualifying child, even though he is not younger than you. 1040 ez tax forms Student defined. 1040 ez tax forms   To qualify as a student, your child must be, during some part of each of any 5 calendar months of the year: A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body at the school, or A student taking a full-time, on-farm training course given by a school described in (1), or by a state, county, or local government agency. 1040 ez tax forms The 5 calendar months do not have to be consecutive. 1040 ez tax forms Full-time student. 1040 ez tax forms   A full-time student is a student who is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full-time attendance. 1040 ez tax forms School defined. 1040 ez tax forms   A school can be an elementary school, junior or senior high school, college, university, or technical, trade, or mechanical school. 1040 ez tax forms However, an on-the-job training course, correspondence school, or school offering courses only through the Internet does not count as a school. 1040 ez tax forms Vocational high school students. 1040 ez tax forms   Students who work on “co-op” jobs in private industry as a part of a school's regular course of classroom and practical training are considered full-time students. 1040 ez tax forms Permanently and totally disabled. 1040 ez tax forms   Your child is permanently and totally disabled if both of the following apply. 1040 ez tax forms He or she cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition. 1040 ez tax forms A doctor determines the condition has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least a year or can lead to death. 1040 ez tax forms Residency Test To meet this test, your child must have lived with you for more than half the year. 1040 ez tax forms There are exceptions for temporary absences, children who were born or died during the year, kidnapped children, and children of divorced or separated parents. 1040 ez tax forms Temporary absences. 1040 ez tax forms   Your child is considered to have lived with you during periods of time when one of you, or both, are temporarily absent due to special circumstances such as: Illness, Education, Business, Vacation, or Military service. 1040 ez tax forms Your child is also considered to have lived with you during any required hospital stay following birth, as long as the child would have lived with you during that time but for the hospitalization. 1040 ez tax forms Death or birth of child. 1040 ez tax forms   A child who was born or died during the year is treated as having lived with you more than half of the year if your home was the child's home more than half of the time he or she was alive during the year. 1040 ez tax forms Child born alive. 1040 ez tax forms   You may be able to claim an exemption for a child born alive during the year, even if the child lived only for a moment. 1040 ez tax forms State or local law must treat the child as having been born alive. 1040 ez tax forms There must be proof of a live birth shown by an official document, such as a birth certificate. 1040 ez tax forms The child must be your qualifying child or qualifying relative, and all the other tests to claim an exemption for a dependent must be met. 1040 ez tax forms Stillborn child. 1040 ez tax forms   You cannot claim an exemption for a stillborn child. 1040 ez tax forms Kidnapped child. 1040 ez tax forms   You may be able to treat your child as meeting the residency test even if the child has been kidnapped. 1040 ez tax forms See Publication 501 for details. 1040 ez tax forms Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). 1040 ez tax forms   In most cases, because of the residency test, a child of divorced or separated parents is the qualifying child of the custodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms However, the child will be treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent if all four of the following statements are true. 1040 ez tax forms The parents: Are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, Are separated under a written separation agreement, or Lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year, whether or not they are or were married. 1040 ez tax forms The child received over half of his or her support for the year from the parents. 1040 ez tax forms The child is in the custody of one or both parents for more than half of the year. 1040 ez tax forms Either of the following statements is true. 1040 ez tax forms The custodial parent signs a written declaration, discussed later, that he or she will not claim the child as a dependent for the year, and the noncustodial parent attaches this written declaration to his or her return. 1040 ez tax forms (If the decree or agreement went into effect after 1984 and before 2009, see Post-1984 and pre-2009 divorce decree or separation agreement , later. 1040 ez tax forms If the decree or agreement went into effect after 2008, see Post-2008 divorce decree or separation agreement , later. 1040 ez tax forms ) A pre-1985 decree of divorce or separate maintenance or written separation agreement that applies to 2013 states that the noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent, the decree or agreement was not changed after 1984 to say the noncustodial parent cannot claim the child as a dependent, and the noncustodial parent provides at least $600 for the child's support during the year. 1040 ez tax forms Custodial parent and noncustodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms   The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the year. 1040 ez tax forms The other parent is the noncustodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms   If the parents divorced or separated during the year and the child lived with both parents before the separation, the custodial parent is the one with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the rest of the year. 1040 ez tax forms   A child is treated as living with a parent for a night if the child sleeps: At that parent's home, whether or not the parent is present, or In the company of the parent, when the child does not sleep at a parent's home (for example, the parent and child are on vacation together). 1040 ez tax forms Equal number of nights. 1040 ez tax forms   If the child lived with each parent for an equal number of nights during the year, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income (AGI). 1040 ez tax forms December 31. 1040 ez tax forms   The night of December 31 is treated as part of the year in which it begins. 1040 ez tax forms For example, December 31, 2013, is treated as part of 2013. 1040 ez tax forms Emancipated child. 1040 ez tax forms   If a child is emancipated under state law, the child is treated as not living with either parent. 1040 ez tax forms See Examples 5 and 6. 1040 ez tax forms Absences. 1040 ez tax forms   If a child was not with either parent on a particular night (because, for example, the child was staying at a friend's house), the child is treated as living with the parent with whom the child normally would have lived for that night, except for the absence. 1040 ez tax forms But if it cannot be determined with which parent the child normally would have lived or if the child would not have lived with either parent that night, the child is treated as not living with either parent that night. 1040 ez tax forms Parent works at night. 1040 ez tax forms   If, due to a parent's nighttime work schedule, a child lives for a greater number of days, but not nights, with the parent who works at night, that parent is treated as the custodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms On a school day, the child is treated as living at the primary residence registered with the school. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1—child lived with one parent for a greater number of nights. 1040 ez tax forms You and your child’s other parent are divorced. 1040 ez tax forms In 2013, your child lived with you 210 nights and with the other parent 155 nights. 1040 ez tax forms You are the custodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2—child is away at camp. 1040 ez tax forms In 2013, your daughter lives with each parent for alternate weeks. 1040 ez tax forms In the summer, she spends 6 weeks at summer camp. 1040 ez tax forms During the time she is at camp, she is treated as living with you for 3 weeks and with her other parent, your ex-spouse, for 3 weeks because this is how long she would have lived with each parent if she had not attended summer camp. 1040 ez tax forms Example 3—child lived same number of nights with each parent. 1040 ez tax forms Your son lived with you 180 nights during the year and lived the same number of nights with his other parent, your ex-spouse. 1040 ez tax forms Your AGI is $40,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your ex-spouse's AGI is $25,000. 1040 ez tax forms You are treated as your son's custodial parent because you have the higher AGI. 1040 ez tax forms Example 4—child is at parent’s home but with other parent. 1040 ez tax forms Your son normally lives with you during the week and with his other parent, your ex-spouse, every other weekend. 1040 ez tax forms You become ill and are hospitalized. 1040 ez tax forms The other parent lives in your home with your son for 10 consecutive days while you are in the hospital. 1040 ez tax forms Your son is treated as living with you during this 10-day period because he was living in your home. 1040 ez tax forms Example 5—child emancipated in May. 1040 ez tax forms When your son turned age 18 in May 2013, he became emancipated under the law of the state where he lives. 1040 ez tax forms As a result, he is not considered in the custody of his parents for more than half of the year. 1040 ez tax forms The special rule for children of divorced or separated parents does not apply. 1040 ez tax forms Example 6—child emancipated in August. 1040 ez tax forms Your daughter lives with you from January 1, 2013, until May 31, 2013, and lives with her other parent, your ex-spouse, from June 1, 2013, through the end of the year. 1040 ez tax forms She turns 18 and is emancipated under state law on August 1, 2013. 1040 ez tax forms Because she is treated as not living with either parent beginning on August 1, she is treated as living with you the greater number of nights in 2013. 1040 ez tax forms You are the custodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms Written declaration. 1040 ez tax forms    The custodial parent may use either Form 8332 or a similar statement (containing the same information required by the form) to make the written declaration to release the exemption to the noncustodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms The noncustodial parent must attach a copy of the form or statement to his or her tax return. 1040 ez tax forms   The exemption can be released for 1 year, for a number of specified years (for example, alternate years), or for all future years, as specified in the declaration. 1040 ez tax forms Post-1984 and pre-2009 divorce decree or separation agreement. 1040 ez tax forms   If the divorce decree or separation agreement went into effect after 1984 and before 2009, the noncustodial parent may be able to attach certain pages from the decree or agreement instead of Form 8332. 1040 ez tax forms The decree or agreement must state all three of the following. 1040 ez tax forms The noncustodial parent can claim the child as a dependent without regard to any condition, such as payment of support. 1040 ez tax forms The custodial parent will not claim the child as a dependent for the year. 1040 ez tax forms The years for which the noncustodial parent, rather than the custodial parent, can claim the child as a dependent. 1040 ez tax forms   The noncustodial parent must attach all of the following pages of the decree or agreement to his or her tax return. 1040 ez tax forms The cover page (write the other parent's social security number on this page). 1040 ez tax forms The pages that include all of the information identified in items (1) through (3) above. 1040 ez tax forms The signature page with the other parent's signature and the date of the agreement. 1040 ez tax forms Post-2008 divorce decree or separation agreement. 1040 ez tax forms   The noncustodial parent cannot attach pages from the decree or agreement instead of Form 8332 if the decree or agreement went into effect after 2008. 1040 ez tax forms The custodial parent must sign either Form 8332 or a similar statement whose only purpose is to release the custodial parent's claim to an exemption for a child, and the noncustodial parent must attach a copy to his or her return. 1040 ez tax forms The form or statement must release the custodial parent's claim to the child without any conditions. 1040 ez tax forms For example, the release must not depend on the noncustodial parent paying support. 1040 ez tax forms    The noncustodial parent must attach the required information even if it was filed with a return in an earlier year. 1040 ez tax forms Revocation of release of claim to an exemption. 1040 ez tax forms   The custodial parent can revoke a release of claim to exemption that he or she previously released to the noncustodial parent on Form 8332 (or a similar statement). 1040 ez tax forms For the revocation to be effective for 2013, the custodial parent must have given (or made reasonable efforts to give) written notice of the revocation to the noncustodial parent in 2012 or earlier. 1040 ez tax forms The custodial parent can use Part III of Form 8332 for this purpose and must attach a copy of the revocation to his or her return for each tax year he or she claims the child as a dependent as a result of the revocation. 1040 ez tax forms Remarried parent. 1040 ez tax forms   If you remarry, the support provided by your new spouse is treated as provided by you. 1040 ez tax forms Parents who never married. 1040 ez tax forms   This special rule for divorced or separated parents also applies to parents who never married, and who lived apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year. 1040 ez tax forms Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Child) To meet this test, the child cannot have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms This test is different from the support test to be a qualifying relative, which is described later. 1040 ez tax forms However, to see what is or is not support, see Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) , later. 1040 ez tax forms If you are not sure whether a child provided more than half of his or her own support, you may find Worksheet 3-1 helpful. 1040 ez tax forms Worksheet 3-1. 1040 ez tax forms Worksheet for Determining Support Funds Belonging to the Person You Supported       1. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total funds belonging to the person you supported, including income received (taxable and nontaxable) and amounts borrowed during the year, plus the amount in savings and other accounts at the beginning of the year. 1040 ez tax forms Do not include funds provided by the state; include those amounts on line 23 instead 1. 1040 ez tax forms     2. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the amount on line 1 that was used for the person's support 2. 1040 ez tax forms     3. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the amount on line 1 that was used for other purposes 3. 1040 ez tax forms     4. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total amount in the person's savings and other accounts at the end of the year 4. 1040 ez tax forms     5. 1040 ez tax forms Add lines 2 through 4. 1040 ez tax forms (This amount should equal line 1. 1040 ez tax forms ) 5. 1040 ez tax forms     Expenses for Entire Household (where the person you supported lived)       6. 1040 ez tax forms Lodging (complete line 6a or 6b):         a. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total rent paid 6a. 1040 ez tax forms       b. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the fair rental value of the home. 1040 ez tax forms If the person you supported owned the home,  also include this amount in line 21 6b. 1040 ez tax forms     7. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total food expenses 7. 1040 ez tax forms     8. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total amount of utilities (heat, light, water, etc. 1040 ez tax forms not included in line 6a or 6b) 8. 1040 ez tax forms     9. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total amount of repairs (not included in line 6a or 6b) 9. 1040 ez tax forms     10. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total of other expenses. 1040 ez tax forms Do not include expenses of maintaining the home, such as mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and insurance 10. 1040 ez tax forms     11. 1040 ez tax forms Add lines 6a through 10. 1040 ez tax forms These are the total household expenses 11. 1040 ez tax forms     12. 1040 ez tax forms Enter total number of persons who lived in the household 12. 1040 ez tax forms     Expenses for the Person You Supported       13. 1040 ez tax forms Divide line 11 by line 12. 1040 ez tax forms This is the person's share of the household expenses 13. 1040 ez tax forms     14. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the person's total clothing expenses 14. 1040 ez tax forms     15. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the person's total education expenses 15. 1040 ez tax forms     16. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the person's total medical and dental expenses not paid for or reimbursed by insurance 16. 1040 ez tax forms     17. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the person's total travel and recreation expenses 17. 1040 ez tax forms     18. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the total of the person's other expenses 18. 1040 ez tax forms     19. 1040 ez tax forms Add lines 13 through 18. 1040 ez tax forms This is the total cost of the person's support for the year 19. 1040 ez tax forms     Did the Person Provide More Than Half of His or Her Own Support?       20. 1040 ez tax forms Multiply line 19 by 50% (. 1040 ez tax forms 50) 20. 1040 ez tax forms     21. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the amount from line 2, plus the amount from line 6b if the person you supported owned  the home. 1040 ez tax forms This is the amount the person provided for his or her own support 21. 1040 ez tax forms     22. 1040 ez tax forms Is line 21 more than line 20?   No. 1040 ez tax forms You meet the support test for this person to be your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms If this person also meets the other tests to be a qualifying child, stop here; do not complete lines 23–26. 1040 ez tax forms Otherwise, go to line 23 and fill out the rest of the worksheet to determine if this person is your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms    Yes. 1040 ez tax forms You do not meet the support test for this person to be either your qualifying child or your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms Stop here. 1040 ez tax forms        Did You Provide More Than Half?       23. 1040 ez tax forms Enter the amount others provided for the person's support. 1040 ez tax forms Include amounts provided by state, local, and other welfare societies or agencies. 1040 ez tax forms Do not include any amounts included on line 1 23. 1040 ez tax forms     24. 1040 ez tax forms Add lines 21 and 23 24. 1040 ez tax forms     25. 1040 ez tax forms Subtract line 24 from line 19. 1040 ez tax forms This is the amount you provided for the person's support 25. 1040 ez tax forms     26. 1040 ez tax forms Is line 25 more than line 20?   Yes. 1040 ez tax forms You meet the support test for this person to be your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms    No. 1040 ez tax forms You do not meet the support test for this person to be your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms You cannot claim an exemption for this person unless you can do so under a multiple support agreement, the support test for children of divorced or separated parents, or the special rule for kidnapped children. 1040 ez tax forms See Multiple Support Agreement or Support Test for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) , or Kidnapped child under Qualifying Relative. 1040 ez tax forms   Example. 1040 ez tax forms You provided $4,000 toward your 16-year-old son's support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms He has a part-time job and provided $6,000 to his own support. 1040 ez tax forms He provided more than half of his own support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms He is not your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Foster care payments and expenses. 1040 ez tax forms   Payments you receive for the support of a foster child from a child placement agency are considered support provided by the agency. 1040 ez tax forms Similarly, payments you receive for the support of a foster child from a state or county are considered support provided by the state or county. 1040 ez tax forms   If you are not in the trade or business of providing foster care and your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in caring for a foster child were mainly to benefit an organization qualified to receive deductible charitable contributions, the expenses are deductible as charitable contributions but are not considered support you provided. 1040 ez tax forms For more information about the deduction for charitable contributions, see chapter 24. 1040 ez tax forms If your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions, they may qualify as support you provided. 1040 ez tax forms   If you are in the trade or business of providing foster care, your unreimbursed expenses are not considered support provided by you. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1. 1040 ez tax forms Lauren, a foster child, lived with Mr. 1040 ez tax forms and Mrs. 1040 ez tax forms Smith for the last 3 months of the year. 1040 ez tax forms The Smiths cared for Lauren because they wanted to adopt her (although she had not been placed with them for adoption). 1040 ez tax forms They did not care for her as a trade or business or to benefit the agency that placed her in their home. 1040 ez tax forms The Smiths' unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions but are considered support they provided for Lauren. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2. 1040 ez tax forms You provided $3,000 toward your 10-year-old foster child's support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms The state government provided $4,000, which is considered support provided by the state, not by the child. 1040 ez tax forms See Support provided by the state (welfare, food stamps, housing, etc. 1040 ez tax forms ) , later. 1040 ez tax forms Your foster child did not provide more than half of her own support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms Scholarships. 1040 ez tax forms   A scholarship received by a child who is a student is not taken into account in determining whether the child provided more than half of his or her own support. 1040 ez tax forms Joint Return Test (To Be a Qualifying Child) To meet this test, the child cannot file a joint return for the year. 1040 ez tax forms Exception. 1040 ez tax forms   An exception to the joint return test applies if your child and his or her spouse file a joint return only to claim a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1—child files joint return. 1040 ez tax forms You supported your 18-year-old daughter, and she lived with you all year while her husband was in the Armed Forces. 1040 ez tax forms He earned $25,000 for the year. 1040 ez tax forms The couple files a joint return. 1040 ez tax forms Because your daughter and her husband file a joint return, she is not your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2—child files joint return only as a claim for refund of withheld tax. 1040 ez tax forms Your 18-year-old son and his 17-year-old wife had $800 of wages from part-time jobs and no other income. 1040 ez tax forms Neither is required to file a tax return. 1040 ez tax forms They do not have a child. 1040 ez tax forms Taxes were taken out of their pay so they filed a joint return only to get a refund of the withheld taxes. 1040 ez tax forms The exception to the joint return test applies, so your son may be your qualifying child if all the other tests are met. 1040 ez tax forms Example 3—child files joint return to claim American opportunity credit. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 2 except no taxes were taken out of your son's pay. 1040 ez tax forms He and his wife were not required to file a tax return. 1040 ez tax forms However, they file a joint return to claim an American opportunity credit of $124 and get a refund of that amount. 1040 ez tax forms Because claiming the American opportunity credit is their reason for filing the return, they are not filing it only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. 1040 ez tax forms The exception to the joint return test does not apply, so your son is not your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Special Rule for Qualifying Child of More Than One Person If your qualifying child is not a qualifying child of anyone else, this special rule does not apply to you and you do not need to read about it. 1040 ez tax forms This is also true if your qualifying child is not a qualifying child of anyone else except your spouse with whom you file a joint return. 1040 ez tax forms If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the rules for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) described earlier, see Applying this special rule to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), later. 1040 ez tax forms Sometimes, a child meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests to be a qualifying child of more than one person. 1040 ez tax forms Although the child is a qualifying child of each of these persons, only one person can actually treat the child as a qualifying child to take all of the following tax benefits (provided the person is eligible for each benefit). 1040 ez tax forms The exemption for the child. 1040 ez tax forms The child tax credit. 1040 ez tax forms Head of household filing status. 1040 ez tax forms The credit for child and dependent care expenses. 1040 ez tax forms The exclusion from income for dependent care benefits. 1040 ez tax forms The earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms The other person cannot take any of these benefits based on this qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms In other words, you and the other person cannot agree to divide these benefits between you. 1040 ez tax forms The other person cannot take any of these tax benefits for a child unless he or she has a different qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Tiebreaker rules. 1040 ez tax forms   To determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child to claim these six tax benefits, the following tiebreaker rules apply. 1040 ez tax forms If only one of the persons is the child's parent, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the parent. 1040 ez tax forms If the parents file a joint return together and can claim the child as a qualifying child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the parents. 1040 ez tax forms If the parents do not file a joint return together but both parents claim the child as a qualifying child, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent with whom the child lived for the longer period of time during the year. 1040 ez tax forms If the child lived with each parent for the same amount of time, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent who had the higher adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year. 1040 ez tax forms If no parent can claim the child as a qualifying child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who had the highest AGI for the year. 1040 ez tax forms If a parent can claim the child as a qualifying child but no parent does so claim the child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who had the highest AGI for the year, but only if that person's AGI is higher than the highest AGI of any of the child's parents who can claim the child. 1040 ez tax forms If the child's parents file a joint return with each other, this rule can be applied by dividing the parents' combined AGI equally between the parents. 1040 ez tax forms See Example 6 . 1040 ez tax forms   Subject to these tiebreaker rules, you and the other person may be able to choose which of you claims the child as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1—child lived with parent and grandparent. 1040 ez tax forms You and your 3-year-old daughter Jane lived with your mother all year. 1040 ez tax forms You are 25 years old, unmarried, and your AGI is $9,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother's AGI is $15,000. 1040 ez tax forms Jane's father did not live with you or your daughter. 1040 ez tax forms You have not signed Form 8332 (or a similar statement) to release the child's exemption to the noncustodial parent. 1040 ez tax forms Jane is a qualifying child of both you and your mother because she meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. 1040 ez tax forms However, only one of you can claim her. 1040 ez tax forms Jane is not a qualifying child of anyone else, including her father. 1040 ez tax forms You agree to let your mother claim Jane. 1040 ez tax forms This means your mother can claim Jane as a qualifying child for all of the six tax benefits listed earlier, if she qualifies (and if you do not claim Jane as a qualifying child for any of those tax benefits). 1040 ez tax forms Example 2—parent has higher AGI than grandparent. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your AGI is $18,000. 1040 ez tax forms Because your mother's AGI is not higher than yours, she cannot claim Jane. 1040 ez tax forms Only you can claim Jane. 1040 ez tax forms Example 3—two persons claim same child. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you and your mother both claim Jane as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms In this case, you, as the child's parent, will be the only one allowed to claim Jane as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms The IRS will disallow your mother's claim to the six tax benefits listed earlier unless she has another qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Example 4—qualifying children split between two persons. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you also have two other young children who are qualifying children of both you and your mother. 1040 ez tax forms Only one of you can claim each child. 1040 ez tax forms However, if your mother's AGI is higher than yours, you can allow your mother to claim one or more of the children. 1040 ez tax forms For example, if you claim one child, your mother can claim the other two. 1040 ez tax forms Example 5—taxpayer who is a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you are only 18 years old and did not provide more than half of your own support for the year. 1040 ez tax forms This means you are your mother's qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms If she can claim you as a dependent, then you cannot claim your daughter as a dependent because of the Dependent Taxpayer Test explained earlier. 1040 ez tax forms Example 6—child lived with both parents and grandparent. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you are married to your daughter's father. 1040 ez tax forms The two of you live together with your daughter and your mother, and have an AGI of $20,000 on a joint return. 1040 ez tax forms If you and your husband do not claim your daughter as a qualifying child, your mother can claim her instead. 1040 ez tax forms Even though the AGI on your joint return, $20,000, is more than your mother's AGI of $15,000, for this purpose each parent's AGI can be treated as $10,000, so your mother's $15,000 AGI is treated as higher than the highest AGI of any of the child's parents who can claim the child. 1040 ez tax forms Example 7—separated parents. 1040 ez tax forms You, your husband, and your 10-year-old son lived together until August 1, 2013, when your husband moved out of the household. 1040 ez tax forms In August and September, your son lived with you. 1040 ez tax forms For the rest of the year, your son lived with your husband, the boy's father. 1040 ez tax forms Your son is a qualifying child of both you and your husband because your son lived with each of you for more than half the year and because he met the relationship, age, support, and joint return tests for both of you. 1040 ez tax forms At the end of the year, you and your husband still were not divorced, legally separated, or separated under a written separation agreement, so the rule for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) does not apply. 1040 ez tax forms You and your husband will file separate returns. 1040 ez tax forms Your husband agrees to let you treat your son as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms This means, if your husband does not claim your son as a qualifying child, you can claim your son as a qualifying child for the dependency exemption, child tax credit, and exclusion for dependent care benefits (if you qualify for each of those tax benefits). 1040 ez tax forms However, you cannot claim head of household filing status because you and your husband did not live apart for the last 6 months of the year. 1040 ez tax forms As a result, your filing status is married filing separately, so you cannot claim the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. 1040 ez tax forms Example 8—separated parents claim same child. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 7 except that you and your husband both claim your son as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms In this case, only your husband will be allowed to treat your son as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms This is because, during 2013, the boy lived with him longer than with you. 1040 ez tax forms If you claimed an exemption or the child tax credit for your son, the IRS will disallow your claim to both these tax benefits. 1040 ez tax forms If you do not have another qualifying child or dependent, the IRS will also disallow your claim to the exclusion for dependent care benefits. 1040 ez tax forms In addition, because you and your husband did not live apart for the last 6 months of the year, your husband cannot claim head of household filing status. 1040 ez tax forms As a result, his filing status is married filing separately, so he cannot claim the earned income credit or the credit for child and dependent care expenses. 1040 ez tax forms Example 9—unmarried parents. 1040 ez tax forms You, your 5-year-old son, and your son's father lived together all year. 1040 ez tax forms You and your son's father are not married. 1040 ez tax forms Your son is a qualifying child of both you and his father because he meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and his father. 1040 ez tax forms Your AGI is $12,000 and your son's father's AGI is $14,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your son's father agrees to let you claim the child as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms This means you can claim him as a qualifying child for the dependency exemption, child tax credit, head of household filing status, credit for child and dependent care expenses, exclusion for dependent care benefits, and the earned income credit, if you qualify for each of those tax benefits (and if your son's father does not, in fact, claim your son as a qualifying child for any of those tax benefits). 1040 ez tax forms Example 10—unmarried parents claim same child. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 9 except that you and your son's father both claim your son as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms In this case, only your son's father will be allowed to treat your son as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms This is because his AGI, $14,000, is more than your AGI, $12,000. 1040 ez tax forms If you claimed an exemption or the child tax credit for your son, the IRS will disallow your claim to both these tax benefits. 1040 ez tax forms If you do not have another qualifying child or dependent, the IRS will also disallow your claim to the earned income credit, head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, and the exclusion for dependent care benefits. 1040 ez tax forms Example 11—child did not live with a parent. 1040 ez tax forms You and your 7-year-old niece, your sister's child, lived with your mother all year. 1040 ez tax forms You are 25 years old, and your AGI is $9,300. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother's AGI is $15,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your niece's parents file jointly, have an AGI of less than $9,000, and do not live with you or their child. 1040 ez tax forms Your niece is a qualifying child of both you and your mother because she meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. 1040 ez tax forms However, only your mother can treat her as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms This is because your mother's AGI, $15,000, is more than your AGI, $9,300. 1040 ez tax forms Applying this special rule to divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart). 1040 ez tax forms   If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent under the rules described earlier for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), only the noncustodial parent can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child. 1040 ez tax forms However, the custodial parent, if eligible, or other eligible person can claim the child as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, and the earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms If the child is the qualifying child of more than one person for these benefits, then the tiebreaker rules just explained determine which person can treat the child as a qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1. 1040 ez tax forms You and your 5-year-old son lived all year with your mother, who paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. 1040 ez tax forms Your AGI is $10,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother's AGI is $25,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your son's father did not live with you or your son. 1040 ez tax forms Under the rules explained earlier for children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), your son is treated as the qualifying child of his father, who can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for him. 1040 ez tax forms Because of this, you cannot claim an exemption or the child tax credit for your son. 1040 ez tax forms However, your son's father cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, or the earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms You and your mother did not have any child care expenses or dependent care benefits, so neither of you can claim the credit for child and dependent care expenses or the exclusion for dependent care benefits. 1040 ez tax forms But the boy is a qualifying child of both you and your mother for head of household filing status and the earned income credit because he meets the relationship, age, residency, support, and joint return tests for both you and your mother. 1040 ez tax forms (Note: The support test does not apply for the earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms ) However, you agree to let your mother claim your son. 1040 ez tax forms This means she can claim him for head of household filing status and the earned income credit if she qualifies for each and if you do not claim him as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms (You cannot claim head of household filing status because your mother paid the entire cost of keeping up the home. 1040 ez tax forms ) Example 2. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your AGI is $25,000 and your mother's AGI is $21,000. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother cannot claim your son as a qualifying child for any purpose because her AGI is not higher than yours. 1040 ez tax forms Example 3. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except you and your mother both claim your son as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother also claims him as a qualifying child for head of household filing status. 1040 ez tax forms You, as the child's parent, will be the only one allowed to claim your son as a qualifying child for the earned income credit. 1040 ez tax forms The IRS will disallow your mother's claim to the earned income credit and head of household filing status unless she has another qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms Qualifying Relative Four tests must be met for a person to be your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms The four tests are: Not a qualifying child test, Member of household or relationship test, Gross income test, and Support test. 1040 ez tax forms Age. 1040 ez tax forms   Unlike a qualifying child, a qualifying relative can be any age. 1040 ez tax forms There is no age test for a qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms Kidnapped child. 1040 ez tax forms   You may be able to treat a child as your qualifying relative even if the child has been kidnapped. 1040 ez tax forms See Publication 501 for details. 1040 ez tax forms Not a Qualifying Child Test A child is not your qualifying relative if the child is your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1. 1040 ez tax forms Your 22-year-old daughter, who is a student, lives with you and meets all the tests to be your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms She is not your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2. 1040 ez tax forms Your 2-year-old son lives with your parents and meets all the tests to be their qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms He is not your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms Example 3. 1040 ez tax forms Your son lives with you but is not your qualifying child because he is 30 years old and does not meet the age test. 1040 ez tax forms He may be your qualifying relative if the gross income test and the support test are met. 1040 ez tax forms Example 4. 1040 ez tax forms Your 13-year-old grandson lived with his mother for 3 months, with his uncle for 4 months, and with you for 5 months during the year. 1040 ez tax forms He is not your qualifying child because he does not meet the residency test. 1040 ez tax forms He may be your qualifying relative if the gross income test and the support test are met. 1040 ez tax forms Child of person not required to file a return. 1040 ez tax forms   A child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer and so may qualify as your qualifying relative if the child's parent (or other person for whom the child is defined as a qualifying child) is not required to file an income tax return and either: Does not file an income tax return, or Files a return only to get a refund of income tax withheld or estimated tax paid. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1—return not required. 1040 ez tax forms You support an unrelated friend and her 3-year-old child, who lived with you all year in your home. 1040 ez tax forms Your friend has no gross income, is not required to file a 2013 tax return, and does not file a 2013 tax return. 1040 ez tax forms Both your friend and her child are your qualifying relatives if the support test is met. 1040 ez tax forms Example 2—return filed to claim refund. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your friend had wages of $1,500 during the year and had income tax withheld from her wages. 1040 ez tax forms She files a return only to get a refund of the income tax withheld and does not claim the earned income credit or any other tax credits or deductions. 1040 ez tax forms Both your friend and her child are your qualifying relatives if the support test is met. 1040 ez tax forms Example 3—earned income credit claimed. 1040 ez tax forms The facts are the same as in Example 2 except your friend had wages of $8,000 during the year and claimed the earned income credit on her return. 1040 ez tax forms Your friend's child is the qualifying child of another taxpayer (your friend), so you cannot claim your friend's child as your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms Child in Canada or Mexico. 1040 ez tax forms   You may be able to claim your child as a dependent even if the child lives in Canada or Mexico. 1040 ez tax forms If the child does not live with you, the child does not meet the residency test to be your qualifying child. 1040 ez tax forms However, the child may still be your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms If the persons the child does live with are not U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizens and have no U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms gross income, those persons are not “taxpayers,” so the child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms If the child is not the qualifying child of any other taxpayer, the child is your qualifying relative as long as the gross income test and the support test are met. 1040 ez tax forms   You cannot claim as a dependent a child who lives in a foreign country other than Canada or Mexico, unless the child is a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizen, U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms resident alien, or U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms national. 1040 ez tax forms There is an exception for certain adopted children who lived with you all year. 1040 ez tax forms See Citizen or Resident Test , earlier. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms You provide all the support of your children, ages 6, 8, and 12, who live in Mexico with your mother and have no income. 1040 ez tax forms You are single and live in the United States. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother is not a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms citizen and has no U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms income, so she is not a “taxpayer. 1040 ez tax forms ” Your children are not your qualifying children because they do not meet the residency test. 1040 ez tax forms But since they are not the qualifying children of any other taxpayer, they are your qualifying relatives and you can claim them as dependents. 1040 ez tax forms You may also be able to claim your mother as a dependent if the gross income and support tests are met. 1040 ez tax forms Member of Household or Relationship Test To meet this test, a person must either: Live with you all year as a member of your household, or Be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you . 1040 ez tax forms If at any time during the year the person was your spouse, that person cannot be your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms However, see Personal Exemptions , earlier. 1040 ez tax forms Relatives who do not have to live with you. 1040 ez tax forms   A person related to you in any of the following ways does not have to live with you all year as a member of your household to meet this test. 1040 ez tax forms Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). 1040 ez tax forms (A legally adopted child is considered your child. 1040 ez tax forms ) Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. 1040 ez tax forms Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor, but not foster parent. 1040 ez tax forms Your stepfather or stepmother. 1040 ez tax forms A son or daughter of your brother or sister. 1040 ez tax forms A son or daughter of your half brother or half sister. 1040 ez tax forms A brother or sister of your father or mother. 1040 ez tax forms Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. 1040 ez tax forms Any of these relationships that were established by marriage are not ended by death or divorce. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms You and your wife began supporting your wife's father, a widower, in 2006. 1040 ez tax forms Your wife died in 2012. 1040 ez tax forms Despite your wife's death, your father-in-law continues to meet this test, even if he does not live with you. 1040 ez tax forms You can claim him as a dependent if all other tests are met, including the gross income test and support test. 1040 ez tax forms Foster child. 1040 ez tax forms   A foster child is an individual who is placed with you by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction. 1040 ez tax forms Joint return. 1040 ez tax forms   If you file a joint return, the person can be related to either you or your spouse. 1040 ez tax forms Also, the person does not need to be related to the spouse who provides support. 1040 ez tax forms   For example, your spouse's uncle who receives more than half of his support from you may be your qualifying relative, even though he does not live with you. 1040 ez tax forms However, if you and your spouse file separate returns, your spouse's uncle can be your qualifying relative only if he lives with you all year as a member of your household. 1040 ez tax forms Temporary absences. 1040 ez tax forms   A person is considered to live with you as a member of your household during periods of time when one of you, or both, are temporarily absent due to special circumstances such as: Illness, Education, Business, Vacation, or Military service. 1040 ez tax forms   If the person is placed in a nursing home for an indefinite period of time to receive constant medical care, the absence may be considered temporary. 1040 ez tax forms Death or birth. 1040 ez tax forms   A person who died during the year, but lived with you as a member of your household until death, will meet this test. 1040 ez tax forms The same is true for a child who was born during the year and lived with you as a member of your household for the rest of the year. 1040 ez tax forms The test is also met if a child lived with you as a member of your household except for any required hospital stay following birth. 1040 ez tax forms   If your dependent died during the year and you otherwise qualify to claim an exemption for the dependent, you can still claim the exemption. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms Your dependent mother died on January 15. 1040 ez tax forms She met the tests to be your qualifying relative. 1040 ez tax forms The other tests to claim an exemption for a dependent were also met. 1040 ez tax forms You can claim an exemption for her on your return. 1040 ez tax forms Local law violated. 1040 ez tax forms   A person does not meet this test if at any time during the year the relationship between you and that person violates local law. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms Your girlfriend lived with you as a member of your household all year. 1040 ez tax forms However, your relationship with her violated the laws of the state where you live, because she was married to someone else. 1040 ez tax forms Therefore, she does not meet this test and you cannot claim her as a dependent. 1040 ez tax forms Adopted child. 1040 ez tax forms   An adopted child is always treated as your own child. 1040 ez tax forms The term “adopted child” includes a child who was lawfully placed with you for legal adoption. 1040 ez tax forms Cousin. 1040 ez tax forms   Your cousin meets this test only if he or she lives with you all year as a member of your household. 1040 ez tax forms A cousin is a descendant of a brother or sister of your father or mother. 1040 ez tax forms Gross Income Test To meet this test, a person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,900. 1040 ez tax forms Gross income defined. 1040 ez tax forms   Gross income is all income in the form of money, property, and services that is not exempt from tax. 1040 ez tax forms   In a manufacturing, merchandising, or mining business, gross income is the total net sales minus the cost of goods sold, plus any miscellaneous income from the business. 1040 ez tax forms   Gross receipts from rental property are gross income. 1040 ez tax forms Do not deduct taxes, repairs, or other expenses, to determine the gross income from rental property. 1040 ez tax forms   Gross income includes a partner's share of the gross (not a share of the net) partnership income. 1040 ez tax forms    Gross income also includes all taxable unemployment compensation and certain scholarship and fellowship grants. 1040 ez tax forms Scholarships received by degree candidates and used for tuition, fees, supplies, books, and equipment required for particular courses generally are not included in gross income. 1040 ez tax forms For more information about scholarships, see chapter 12. 1040 ez tax forms   Tax-exempt income, such as certain social security benefits, is not included in gross income. 1040 ez tax forms Disabled dependent working at sheltered workshop. 1040 ez tax forms   For purposes of the gross income test, the gross income of an individual who is permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year does not include income for services the individual performs at a sheltered workshop. 1040 ez tax forms The availability of medical care at the workshop must be the main reason for the individual's presence there. 1040 ez tax forms Also, the income must come solely from activities at the workshop that are incident to this medical care. 1040 ez tax forms   A “sheltered workshop” is a school that: Provides special instruction or training designed to alleviate the disability of the individual, and Is operated by certain tax-exempt organizations, or by a state, a U. 1040 ez tax forms S. 1040 ez tax forms possession, a political subdivision of a state or possession, the United States, or the District of Columbia. 1040 ez tax forms “Permanently and totally disabled” has the same meaning here as under Qualifying Child, earlier. 1040 ez tax forms Support Test (To Be a Qualifying Relative) To meet this test, you generally must provide more than half of a person's total support during the calendar year. 1040 ez tax forms However, if two or more persons provide support, but no one person provides more than half of a person's total support, see Multiple Support Agreement , later. 1040 ez tax forms How to determine if support test is met. 1040 ez tax forms   You figure whether you have provided more than half of a person's total support by comparing the amount you contributed to that person's support with the entire amount of support that person received from all sources. 1040 ez tax forms This includes support the person provided from his or her own funds. 1040 ez tax forms   You may find Worksheet 3-1 helpful in figuring whether you provided more than half of a person's support. 1040 ez tax forms Person's own funds not used for support. 1040 ez tax forms   A person's own funds are not support unless they are actually spent for support. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms Your mother received $2,400 in social security benefits and $300 in interest. 1040 ez tax forms She paid $2,000 for lodging and $400 for recreation. 1040 ez tax forms She put $300 in a savings account. 1040 ez tax forms Even though your mother received a total of $2,700 ($2,400 + $300), she spent only $2,400 ($2,000 + $400) for her own support. 1040 ez tax forms If you spent more than $2,400 for her support and no other support was received, you have provided more than half of her support. 1040 ez tax forms Child's wages used for own support. 1040 ez tax forms   You cannot include in your contribution to your child's support any support paid for by the child with the child's own wages, even if you paid the wages. 1040 ez tax forms Year support is provided. 1040 ez tax forms   The year you provide the support is the year you pay for it, even if you do so with borrowed money that you repay in a later year. 1040 ez tax forms   If you use a fiscal year to report your income, you must provide more than half of the dependent's support for the calendar year in which your fiscal year begins. 1040 ez tax forms Armed Forces dependency allotments. 1040 ez tax forms   The part of the allotment contributed by the government and the part taken out of your military pay are both considered provided by you in figuring whether you provide more than half of the support. 1040 ez tax forms If your allotment is used to support persons other than those you name, you can take the exemptions for them if they otherwise qualify. 1040 ez tax forms Example. 1040 ez tax forms You are in the Armed Forces. 1040 ez tax forms You authorize an allotment for your widowed mother that she uses to support herself and her sister. 1040 ez tax forms If the allotment provides more than half of each person's support, you can take an exemption for each of them, if they otherwise qualify, even though you authorize the allotment only for your mother. 1040 ez tax forms Tax-exempt military quarters allowances. 1040 ez tax forms   These allowances are treated the same way as dependency allotments in figuring support. 1040 ez tax forms The allotment of pay and the tax-exempt basic allowance for quarters are both considered as provided by you for support. 1040 ez tax forms Tax-exempt income. 1040 ez tax forms   In figuring a person's total support, include tax-exempt income, savings, and borrowed amounts used to support that person. 1040 ez tax forms Tax-exempt income includes certain social security benefits, welfare benefits, nontaxable life insurance proceeds, Armed Forces family allotments, nontaxable pensions, and tax-exempt interest. 1040 ez tax forms Example 1. 1040 ez tax forms You provide $4,000 toward your mother's support during the year. 1040 ez tax forms She has earned income of $600, nontaxable social security benefits of $4,800, and tax-exempt interest of $200. 1040 ez tax forms She uses all these for her support. 1040 ez tax forms You cannot claim an exemption for your mother because the $4,000 you provide is not more than half of her total support of $9,600 ($4,000 + $600 + $4,800 + $200). 1040 ez tax forms Example 2. 1040 ez tax forms Your niece takes out a 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1040 ez tax forms 12. 1040 ez tax forms   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 1040 ez tax forms Free help with your tax return. 1040 ez tax forms   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040 ez tax forms The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040 ez tax forms The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040 ez tax forms Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. 1040 ez tax forms In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040 ez tax forms To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040 ez tax forms gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040 ez tax forms   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040 ez tax forms To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040 ez tax forms aarp. 1040 ez tax forms org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040 ez tax forms For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040 ez tax forms gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040 ez tax forms Internet. 1040 ez tax forms    IRS. 1040 ez tax forms gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040 ez tax forms Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040 ez tax forms Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. 1040 ez tax forms Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? 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information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 1040 ez tax forms If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 1040 ez tax forms The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040 ez tax forms Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040 ez tax forms Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 1040 ez tax forms The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040 ez tax forms Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040 ez tax forms Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. 1040 ez tax forms Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 1040 ez tax forms You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040 ez tax forms It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040 ez tax forms Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 1040 ez tax forms You should receive your order within 10 business days. 1040 ez tax forms Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 1040 ez tax forms If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. 1040 ez tax forms Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 1040 ez tax forms The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040 ez tax forms These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040 ez tax forms Walk-in. 1040 ez tax forms   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 1040 ez tax forms Products. 1040 ez tax forms You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 1040 ez tax forms Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 1040 ez tax forms Services. 1040 ez tax forms You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 1040 ez tax forms An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040 ez tax forms Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040 ez tax forms gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 1040 ez tax forms   Please contact the office for times when assistance will be available. 1040 ez tax forms Mail. 1040 ez tax forms   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 1040 ez tax forms You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040 ez tax forms Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040 ez tax forms Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613   Taxpayer Advocate Service. 1040 ez tax forms   The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is here to help you. 1040 ez tax forms The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 1040 ez tax forms Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 1040 ez tax forms   What can TAS do for you? 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