Question

When I claim a child as a dependent and I’m married filing separately, am I able to claim child tax credit married filing separately?

Answer

You must be able to claim child as a dependent to be eligible for the child tax credit.

Your child qualifies as a dependent if your child:

  • Is younger than 19 or a full-time student under age 24 (Your child must be younger than age 17 to claim the credit.)
  • Is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien
  • Lives in your home for more than half of the year. If you and the other parent are divorced or separated, the child might live with the other parent for more than half the year. If so, that parent can give up the right to claim the child as a dependent to you. To do so, he or she will need to complete and sign Form 8332. The person claiming the dependency exemption also has the right to claim the child tax credit.
  • Didn’t provide more than half of his / her own support

Related Topics

Related Resources

Can A Non-Citizen Claim the Standard Deduction?

Learn whether a noncitizen can claim the standard deduction tax credit with advice from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Florida Property Tax

Are you a Florida resident and own real property? Learn more about Florida property taxes with help from the tax pros at H&R Block.

Minimum Essential Coverage

Learn about Minimum Essential Coverage for income tax tips from our tax articles at H&R Block.

What Is an Enrolled Agent or EA?

What does it mean to be an enrolled agent? Learn more about the roles and requirements of enrolled agent (EA) tax preparers at H&R Block.