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My girlfriend (age 20) is a full time student. She lives with her parents. I am doing her taxes this year.

She just informed me her parents have no claimed her as a dependent. I'm not entirely sure why, they told her "because Will [me] is doing your taxes I thought he would have you claim yourself."

Can she claim herself? If she did she would be able to take the personal exemption plus the student tuition deduction/credits.

I know that size-of-refund-wise it would be better for her parents to claim her, but my question is CAN she claim herself, as it looks like her parents could if they wanted.

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