Question

I was pregnant most of the current tax year. Is it still possible to claim the baby as a dependent when filing my tax return?

Answer

To claim a baby as a dependent, the baby must have been born alive during the current tax year.

If your child wasn’t born until the next year, you can’t claim the baby as a dependent, even though your pregnancy lasted most of the tax year. However, 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.

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