Q: I would like to claim independent status on my tax return.
I am a 20 year old attending university as a full time student. My parents claim me on their tax return every year, so my status is dependent. However, due to recent altercations with my parents, we have decided I will be on my own now. I was wondering how I can claim independent status on my tax return as soon as possible. I looked online but couldn't really find clear answers and I don't know who or where to ask. If you can help me I would appreciate it. Thank you.
A: You do not claim "independent status" on your tax return.
You file as a single person . You claim one exemption. Yourself. HOWEVER:
If your parents pay more than 1/2 of your support in the calendar year, they may claim you as their dependent. AND:
If they claim you as an exemption on their return, you may not claim yourself too, in that year. BUT:
But, if your parents have agreed Not to claim an exemption for you on their tax return, you may claim your own exemption on your individual tax return.
I hope this was helpful.
Just pick up instructions for form 1040. They are clear and easy to read.
OR, engage a tax service to make sure everything is filled out correctly.
All the best to you.
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