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I have a question about child tax credit requirements. If I claim a child who's not my own as a dependent, is claiming child tax credit allowed?

To claim the child tax credit, your qualifying dependent must be your:

  • Son
  • Daughter
  • Stepson
  • Stepdaughter
  • Eligible foster child
  • Brother
  • Sister
  • Stepbrother
  • Stepsister
  • Descendant of any of the above individuals

If none of these applies, you can't claim the child tax credit, even if you can claim the child as your dependent.

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