Visitor II

Head of Household

My adult daughter is a qualifying dependant relative. She does not live with me. Can I claim Head of Household status for income tax return purposes?

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Visitor II

Head of Household


@kktalbot1215wrote:

My adult daughter is a qualifying dependant relative. She does not live with me. Can I claim Head of Household status for income tax return purposes?


After my first post, I found the following information on Turbotax:
Does a dependent have to live with me?

Not necessarily. Certain relatives may qualify as dependents even if they don't live with you:

  • Children (including legally adopted), stepchildren, foster children, or any of their descendants
  • Siblings, including half and step siblings
  • Parents and their direct ancestors (excluding foster parents)
  • Stepparents
  • Aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews
  • Fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law
  • Any of these relationships that were established by marriage and not ended by divorce or death.

To be claimed as a dependent, your relative must also:

  • Have been a U.S. citizen or resident, or a resident of Canada or Mexico for at least part of the year;
  • Received less than $4,050 gross income (except nontaxable Social Security benefits) in 2017;
  • Received more than 50% of their support from you (this is why incarcerated relatives almost never qualify);
  • Not be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer;
  • Not file a joint return with another taxpayer.

In addition, children that were under 19 at the end of 2017 (24 if they attended school full time for at least part of five calendar months of the year) must have lived with you for more than half of the year to be claimed. There are special rules for children of divorced or separated parents and for persons receiving support from two or more individuals.

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My daughter is physically disabled and 33 years old.  She is not able to work and qualifies for Qualified Relative Status.

 

 

TurboTax Specialist

Head of Household

It's possible.  As long as your daugher made less than $4,050 in 2017 and you provide over half of her support you are able to claim your daughter as a qualifying relative.  

 

To use the Head of Household filing status, you must pay more than half of the expenses for your home.  Your home must also be the principal residence of your qualifying relative form more than half the year.   If your daughter is away for one of the following temporary reasons you can still qualify for the HOH filing status:

 

  • Illness,
  • Education,
  • Business,
  • Vacation, or
  • Military service.

Click the IRS link below to determine your correct filing status:  

 

https://www.irs.gov/help/ita/what-is-my-filing-status