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Social Security benefits and tax dependents

Social Security benefits and tax dependents

February 27, 2009 by admin

Excerpts from this link :
http://www.irs.gov/publications/p501/ar02.html#en_US_publink100041887

Qualifying Relative

There are four tests that must be met for a person to be your qualifying relative. The four tests are:
1. Not a qualifying child test,
2. Member of household or relationship test,
3. Gross income test, and
4. Support test.
Age. Unlike a qualifying child, a qualifying relative can be any age. There is no age test for a qualifying relative.

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Gross Income Test

To meet this test, a person's gross income for the year must be less than $3,500.
Gross income defined. Gross income is all income in the form of money, property, and services that is not exempt from tax.

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Tax-exempt income, such as certain social security benefits, is not included in gross income.


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