Can I claim my grandchildren as dependents?

May 9, 2005

From:  Paul
Date:  Sat, 16 Apr 2005

Sirs, Ladies,

Is it true that if you provide more than one-half the support of your grandchildren, you can claim them as dependents?

Thanks.

Answer

Date:  Mon, 02 May 2005

Hello Paul,

Yes. When the grandchildren have living parents, you should coordinate claiming the exemption with them. The IRS can check the social security numbers for the dependents to be sure they aren't being claimed on more than one income tax return.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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