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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?
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...
Is he disabled or just lazy and refuses to get a job to ease some of your financial burden?
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