Claiming Dependent

Does a dependent have to live with me?

Not necessarily. Certain relatives may qualify as dependents even if they don’t live with you: Children (including legally adopted), stepchildren, foster children, or any of their descendants Siblings, including half and step siblings Parents and their direct ancestors (excluding foster parents) Stepparents Aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews Fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law …

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