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Lobot writes:
I live with my significant other, whom I support financially %100. We're not married and not relatives (that would be gross). No one else lives with us. My questions are:

1) Can I claim my SO as a dependent?

Probably so. If your SO is a US citizen, single, has gross income of less than $2650 during the year, and lived with you as a member of your household for the whole year, and if you provided more than half of his/her total support for the year, you can probably claim your SO as a dependent. (See IRS Publication 501 at ).

2) Can I file as head of household?

No, since your SO is not related to you. (See page 6-7 of Publication 501.)

3) If I can do either one of these, will I need to prove that I support my SO financially? if so, what do I need in order to prove this?

You won't have to prove the "half of total support" on your tax return itself, but you probably will if you're audited. Publication 501 has several examples of the support test, and a worksheet for determining whether you meet it.

- Darrell (not a tax expert)
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