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Old 01-01-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Sutherlin, Oregon
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Default 17 year old/taxes

My oldest boy's now 17 since May 2012.

Since he's not officially "under 17", can I claim the Child Tax Credit for him?.......still acts much like a child. LOL

Just taking a bit of time this day to rough in my taxes.

Happy new year guys!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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must be under 17 at the end of 2012.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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I don't think you can...Once they turn 17(during 2012) you lose that deduction. My son turned 17 in Feb. 2012 and I tried claiming it and was denied. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. I think it's wrong to stop it..I mean he's 17, still a minor, and dependent on me..How's that any different from a child that's 2?
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Sutherlin, Oregon
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thanks, figured that but asked for assurance.

Best wishes for solutions to problems.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:45 AM
 
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Are you talking about "child care credit" or the more general definations of defendants?

http://www.irs.gov/uac/A-“Qualifying-Child”

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p503.pdf

As the flow chart shows there is only a "test" for those under 13 and then those that 19 or less. Now there may be another category that is more obscure, but I can't think of a big federal category that cuts off anyone that is 17...
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: N. Raleigh
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.How's that any different from a child that's 2?
Is he disabled or just lazy and refuses to get a job to ease some of your financial burden?
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