Question

Can I let someone else claim my dependent on her return?

Answer

Usually, you can’t give someone else a dependent to claim on a return.

There are two exceptions:

  • Someone can already claim the dependent as a qualifying child or qualifying relative. Then, he or she can claim that dependent. Ex: A minor child lives with a grandparent, uncle or aunt for nine months of the year. The minor grandchild, niece or nephew doesn’t provide more than half of his/her support. In this case, the adult caring for the child can claim him or her.
  • Two taxpayers were married but are now divorced. The custodial parent can allow the noncustodial spouse to claim the child as a dependent, using form 8332.

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