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He makes very little, and so is in the lowest tax bracket.

It just struck me that this is the graduation year for your kids which can be a bit difficult for tax purposes. For one of mine, it was easy because most of her college expenses for the beginning of that year were covered by the USAF so it was clear she wasn't a dependent. For the other two, it wasn't as clear and I would have to go back to the tax returns to see what we did.

Would it make a difference if he gets the distribution in 2013 or 2014 ? Did you provide more than half his support for 2013 ? (These are questions to consider - not nece3ssarily to answer)
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