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Jim & BigBunk - Thanks!

To determine if your daughter is a dependent, did you provide more than half your daughter's total support for the year? This test is based on your individual facts. Support includes: food, lodging (fair value of lodging, not necessarily an allocation of the mortgage payment), clothing, education, medical, dental, recreation, transportation and other necessities.

Thanks for your help! Since I did pay for everything, then I think I can claim her as a dependent. I just couldn't figure out if there were things that would disqualify me as head of household, such as her being away at school.

Yes, you can certainly still claim her, since she was a full-time student for some part of each of five months of the tax year. If her earned income is over $4400, she needs to file her own return (with you taking her exemption);

Actually, a non-dependent single child (of any age and income) can also qualify the single mother to file as Head of Household, as long as the mother paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home where the daughter lived with her for more than half the year (except for temporary absences such as school).

You guys are great! I find this stuff confusing, but I feel more confident about proceeding - Thanks again!


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