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Subject: Re: Who is my dependent? Date: 7/24/2001 2:50 AM
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There are 5 tests to claim a dependent:

1)Relationship
2)Gross Income Limit Test - exception full time student for 5 months and under age 24.
3)50% Support test
4)Citizen or resident test
5)Dependent does not file a joint return

Your son can be claimed as a tax exemption this year. Sounds like your child attended school full time for part of 5 different months, he's related, you support him, he's a US citizen and he's not married.

The year 2002 may be another story unless you can get him to go back to school full time for at least 5 months (month of registration counts as
one month). Otherwise you'll have a dependent, but no tax exemption!!
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