Question

Can I claim an undocumented person as a dependent?

Answer

No. To claim someone as a dependent, the person must have one of these:

  • Social Security number (SSN)
  • Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)

An undocumented person won’t have either of these, so they are unacceptable to claim as a dependent.

To get an ITIN, complete Form W-7 and file it with the IRS. To get the form, visit www.irs.gov.

Related Topics

Related Resources

Filing for a Deceased Taxpayer

If you need help handling an estate, we're here to help. Learn how to file taxes for a deceased loved one with H&R Block.

Don’t Overlook the 5 Most Common Tax Deductions

From retirement account contributions to self-employment expenses, learn more about the five most common tax deductions with the experts at H&R Block.

New Baby, New House or New Spouse? How Major Life Changes Affect Your Taxes

Getting married? Having a baby? Buying a house? Go through your life events checklist and see how each can affect your tax return with the experts at H&R Block.

Spring Cleaning: Your Household Goods, Your Tax Deductions

Donating household goods to your favorite charity? Learn the ins and outs of deducting noncash charitable contributions on your taxes with the experts at H&R Block.