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What info do you need to claim a child on taxes?
Last Updated: 28th January, 2020
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Then, who can be claimed as a dependent?
The child has to have lived with you for at least halfof 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 atthe end of the year, or under 24 if a student.
One may also ask, can you claim a child that is not yours on your taxes? Claiming a child as a dependent can saveyou thousands of dollars on your federal incometax. Claiming a child on taxes that is notyours is also a possibility depending on thecircumstances. To claim a child on your taxes, thechild has to meet the IRS requirements for a qualifyingchild or a qualifying relative.
Likewise, how many allowances should I claim?
In general, married couples can add one allowancefor each dependent. That means you have a total of threeallowances if you have one dependent, four allowancesif you have two dependents, five allowances if youhave three dependents and so on.
Do you need your child's birth certificate to file taxes?
Your key to tax benefits is a SocialSecurity number. You'll need one to claim yourchild as a dependent on your tax return. You canrequest a Social Security card for your newborn at thehospital at the same time you apply for a birthcertificate. If you don't, it can be a realhassle.