Can we claim my husbands kid sister on our taxes?

For the 2018 tax season we are thinking about claiming my husbands little sister (10yo). She lived with us for 9 months in 2016 so we claimed her this year. His parents and little sister have moved but they don t claim taxes because they are disabled. I want to know if we can claim her for 2018 even though she won

For the 2018 tax season we are thinking about claiming my husbands little sister (10yo). She lived with us for 9 months in 2016 so we claimed her this year. His parents and little sister have moved but they don t claim taxes because they are disabled. I want to know if we can claim her for 2018 even though she won t be living with us this year.

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veronica:
For 2018, no, of course not. She had to live with you and qualify as a dependent.
tro:
if she doesn't live in your household, no
StephenWeinstein:
Probably not legally. You are not allowed to claim a person who doesn't live with you unless you provide over 1/2 the person's support and meet a lot of other requirements.
Max Hoopla:
It sounds like a yes
Judy:
NO!!!!!!!! if she won't be living with you.
amy lynn:
If you attempt to claim a dependent that does not actually live with you, you need to have proof that you have paid for at least 51% of that dependent's support for the year.

Basically, you will need proof of paying for things like rent and utilities for the home that dependent is living in. Or proof that the expenses you did pay for add up to more than 51% of the total expenses involved in caring for that dependent.

If the IRS audits you and you don't have that proof, you would be guilty of tax fraud. You would have to pay back what you gained in the refund and owe penalties.

Ricki:
https://www.irs.gov/uac/who-can-i-claim-…

Take the IR dependent test. If she qualifies, you can claim her.

curtisports2:
No, you can't, if she won't live with you for more than half of 2017.
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