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Frequently Asked Questions
What is my filing status to file my tax return?
To determine your filing status, it depends on certain factors, if you are not married, if you are married, if you have children, and who will you be claiming as a dependant for this filing year.
When Can I File my tax return?
Why do I File Income tax?
Depending on your deductions from your job receiving a W-2 you may be entitled for a refund due, or if you owe tax to The Federal and State governments, it is required to file a tax return every year.
Where can I file my income tax?
Can someone else file my tax Return?
Who can I claim on my tax return this year?
Rules for All Dependents.
Dependents are usually, but not always, a child or other relative. Qualifying children and qualifying relatives have their own additional requirements, but all dependents must meet these requirements:
- Dependents can have their own tax returns, and even be married, but they must not have filed a joint tax return for the year unless it’s just to claim a refund.
- They must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a resident alien.
- They must have a taxpayer identification number. That’s usually a Social Security Number, but if the child doesn’t qualify for one, it can be an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN).
Rules for Claiming Children
When you’re claiming a dependent who is a child, there are further requirements:
- The child has to have lived with you for at least half of the year.
- The child has to be related to you as a son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of those.
- The child must be 18 or younger at the end of the year, or under 24 if a student. To be a student, the child must have attended school full-time during at least five months of the year. The five months don’t have to be in a row.
- The child must be younger than you (or your spouse, if married filing jointly), unless the child is disabled.
Rules for Claiming Other Relatives and Unrelated Persons
For a parent or other relative, there are different additional requirements:
- The person cannot have a gross yearly income over $4,150. (That’s the amount for 2018 returns — it usually changes each year.)
- The person can’t be a qualifying child dependent of you or another person. That means you can’t claim the person if someone else could.
- The person must be either related to you or must have lived with you all year as a member of your household.