What is a Dependent? [Motion Graphic]


“What or Who is my Dependent?”, continues to be one of the most asked questions every tax season and with dependents helping you qualify for tax breaks we see why you’re asking.  You may be wondering, “can I claim my mother, brother, girlfriend, or cat?”  Here is our motion graphic to help you.

Still have questions?  TurboTax walks you through the appropriate questions to help you get the dependent tax deductions you are eligible for.

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  1. My partner owns our home outright. I gift him for the travel we take together oversears, and locally when we travel. I do not pay rent, I am a member of his household for more than 3 yeras. Since I no longer have to file since my social security income is my only income & which is below the poverty line, What can he deduct for my upkeep as it were ?

    1. Hi! Good question!

      If you lived with your partner all year, your partner provides more than half of your total support for 2013 (food, lodging, transportation, medical, recreation, etc.), and your “gross income” for 2013 is less than $3,900 (this doesn’t include your nontaxable social security), then yes your partner can claim you as a dependent.

      The interview in TurboTax does a great job of asking the right questions about you to determine a dependency.

      Hope this information was helpful.


  2. I have a boyfriend who has lived with me for 17 years and is unable to work due to physical conditions and has no income, can I claim him as a dependent?

  3. A friend gave me temporary custudity of their two children who have lived with me for 9 months, would they qualify as a dependant?

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