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I'm not so sure either. For one, I never requested that she contribute anything towards living expenses. She lived with me for close to a year before she decided she wanted to help out. There is no agreement in writing, and if circumstances didn't allow her to contribute I certainly wouldn't make her leave. The question is larger than just rent--if I spend $100 on groceries and she gives me $50 for her half is that taxable income? How do we determine where the line is? If she gives me a set amount each month, only part of that goes toward actually paying the mortgage. Other parts go towards paying for things that have nothing to do with the actual house. I'm not looking for ways to skirt the rules--just trying to understand what they are.
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