Question

How long does a person have to maintain residency with you before you are entitled to claim that person as a qualifying dependent?

Answer

The residency test for a dependent looks at the amount of time a person lives with you in a single tax year. To be a qualifying child, the person must live with you for more than half the year. To be a qualifying relative, the person must live with you the entire year, unless you meet a certain relationship dependency test.

Related Topics

Related Resources

Taxes Get Personal: What’s Your Filing Status?

Do you know what your tax filing status is? Learn how to determine and check your tax filing status with H&R Block.

Common Tax Questions Roundup

Here are the top tax questions our professionals got this year – with answers for you! How can you use this? Read on to get answers from H&R Block.

10 Ways Getting Married Affects Your Taxes in 2018

What happens to your taxes after marriage? Learn how marriage can lead to changes in tax filing and returns at H&R Block.

Is TurboTax Live the Best Virtual Tax Prep Option?

Looking for virtual tax help with your online filing? Learn more about your options by comparing TurboTax Live to H&R Block Tax Pro Review and Tax Pro Go.