The dependent qualifications
Generally, you can claim your children under age 19 at the end of the year or if they are under age 24 and a full-time student.
You may also claim qualifying relatives living with you as well as non-relatives who lived with you all year. However, that is only allowed if they meet the qualifications and are not being claimed by someone else or on their own return.
To be considered your Qualifying Relative, an individual must meet all 4 of these requirements:
- Not a Qualifying Child: The individual cannot be your or anyone else’s Qualifying Child.
- Relationship: The person must have lived with you for the entire year as a member of the household or be related to you in one of the following ways:
your child, stepchild, grandchild or other descendant of one of your children (or stepchildren or foster children), son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parent, stepfather, stepmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandparent, and, if related by blood, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew. Additionally, a child you legally adopted is always considered to be your child.
- Gross Income: The individual must have made less than $4,000 in gross income during 2016.
- Support: You provided more than half of the individual’s total support during the year.