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Eligible Dependant - Don't Make This Mistake

ImageIf you are married or living common law you can not take a deduction for eligible dependant! Yes even though your child is a dependant this does not allow you to claim this deduction.

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If you are single, separated or divorced and have a dependant who lives with you and who is under 18 years old, you can claim this deduction. The deduction is reduced by the dependants income.

If you paying child support for the dependant at any time in the year you can not take a deduction for eligible dependant.

Only one person in a household can take a deduction for eligible dependant. For example if you share a household with someone who has children as well as yourself, you cannot both take a deduction for eligible dependant. Even if you are sharing a household with a freind and are obviously not a couple.  The rule is only one eligible dependant per household.

You cannot share the deduction for eligible dependant with someone. For example you can not take half the deduction for the part of the year the dependant lived with you. If the dependant is living with you part of the year as part of a shared custody agreement and part of the year with the other parent and neither parent pays child support to the other you can choose by written agreement between you to have one (only one) or the other take the deduction for eligible dependant.

Pat

 
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