Question

Can I claim a disabled child tax credit for my disabled family member(s)?

Answer

There are no specific credits available for disabled dependents.

However, there is a one special rule when it comes to claiming dependency exemptions for disabled family members. There are two types of dependents, a Qualifying Child and a Qualifying Relative. To claim a disabled family member as a Qualifying Child, the person must meet the same tests to qualify as any other dependent. However, in the event that they are permanently and totally disabled, the age requirement doesn’t apply.

To claim your family member as a Qualified Relative, they must not have provided more than half of their own support for the year.

If your family member(s) provided more than half of their own support for the year, you can’t claim them as dependents.

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