If the person I’m claiming as a dependent doesn’t fit any of the dependent relationship options, what should I choose?
You should choose other dependent, or “Other” if the dependent relationship doesn’t fit one of the following qualifying relative descriptions:
- Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them
- Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister, or a descendant of any of them
- Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor, including stepparent, but not foster parent
- Your uncle or aunt
- Your nephew or niece
- Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law
You can claim the standard deduction or itemized deductions to lower your taxable income. The standard deduction lowers your income by one fixed amount. On the other hand, itemized deductions are made up of a list of eligible expenses. You can claim whichever lowers your tax bill the most.
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