Question

My baby was born in December, but I still haven't received her social security number. Do I need an SSN to claim my child as a dependent?

Answer

No. You need a Social Security number (SSN) to claim a dependent. If you don’t have the SSN by the filing due date, you can file for an automatic extension with Form 4868. If you owe any taxes, pay them on or before the due date for your return.

If your baby was born this year, claiming a newborn on taxes is possible even though the baby wasn’t alive most of the year.

Related Topics

Related Resources

How many dependents can I claim?

How many dependents can you claim on your W4? Is there a maximum? Find out more about your tax questions from H&R Block.

What are the requirements for claiming my parents as dependents?

What are the requirements for claiming your parent as a dependent? Find out who qualifies for a dependent on your taxes.

What’s the difference between an allowance and a dependent exemption?

What's the difference between allowances and dependent exemptions? Get tax answers from H&R Block.

Can I claim an undocumented person as a dependent?

Do you have an undocumented person living with you? Learn whether or not you can claim them as a dependent. Get tax answers at H&R Block.