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Old 02-07-2020, 12:44 PM
 
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Can you claim someone on your taxes if they get a ssi check each month?

Getting ready time for filing taxes and wasn't sure if we are allowed to claim our grandson on our taxes since he does live with us. He is a young adult (23 and disabled since birth, parents gone (alcholism) and he moved in with us about 2 years ago). We have been charging him a small room and board fee and husband is payee rep for him. He receives SSI and does get a small amount on food card however not enough to cover eating, his cell phone, cigarettes, clothes, toiletries, and basic living expenses). We were planning to use turbotax and do it ourselves.
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:31 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits themselves are tax-free. So that has no bearing on claiming him as a "qualifying relative) (not "child" as such).

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p91...40594109302224
"Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. They don’t include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which aren’t taxable."
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:06 PM
 
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Check if your local public library or senior center has AARP tax prep volunteers. They will do your taxes for free.


I have used the AARP tax volunteers for several years, and have found them very knowledgeable.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:32 PM
 
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"Dependent Adult Children
You can only claim a dependent exemption for select individuals over the age of 18 at the end of the tax filing year. If a permanently and totally disabled adult child lives with you for at least one-half of the year and provides less than one-half of his own support, you may list him as a dependent. However, when over half of the child's needs are met by Supplemental Security Income, you can't claim him as a dependent. He may also need to file his own income tax return if any additional income is received."
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:43 AM
 
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Can you claim someone on your taxes if they get a ssi check each month?

Getting ready time for filing taxes and wasn't sure if we are allowed to claim our grandson on our taxes since he does live with us. He is a young adult (23 and disabled since birth, parents gone (alcholism) and he moved in with us about 2 years ago). We have been charging him a small room and board fee and husband is payee rep for him. He receives SSI and does get a small amount on food card however not enough to cover eating, his cell phone, cigarettes, clothes, toiletries, and basic living expenses). We were planning to use turbotax and do it ourselves.
You charge him room and board. Not sure how you could claim him as a dependent.
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Old Today, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Central Ohio
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"Dependent Adult Children
You can only claim a dependent exemption for select individuals over the age of 18 at the end of the tax filing year. If a permanently and totally disabled adult child lives with you for at least one-half of the year and provides less than one-half of his own support, you may list him as a dependent. However, when over half of the child's needs are met by Supplemental Security Income, you can't claim him as a dependent. He may also need to file his own income tax return if any additional income is received."
This. I am in a similar situation and have claimed my now 24-year-old disabled granddaughter for several years. She also gets SSI. No issues. I think even if you charge a small amount for room and board, you likely pay for lots of other expenses...clothing, entertainment, trips, etc.
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