Sarasota, FL asked in Tax Law for Florida

Q: Can a non-biological parent claim their child on their tax return

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Radha Rothrock
Radha Rothrock
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  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, you don't need to be a biological parent to claim someone as a dependent. Just make sure no one else claimed the child as a dependent on their return. If so, the IRS will come after you for money. The best thing to do is to get a waiver signed from the parents giving up their right to claim the dependent. Keep it in your file in case the parent tries to claim the dependent.

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