5 tax mistakes that’ll cost you the EITC: part 5

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You didn’t claim dependents that you could have

Grandparents might be able to claim their grandchildrenIt might seem like common sense to claim your own child, but for some non-traditional families, the lines on who counts can get a bit blurry.

And that’s how some families can miss out on the EITC.

Who should watch out

Grandparents, uncles, aunts, foster parents, step-parents, and others taking care of children should take notice.

For the EITC, the following children might be eligible to be claimed as a dependent:

  • Your son, daughter, adopted child, stepchild, foster child (placed by court or an authorized placement agency) or a descendent of any of them such as your grandchild
  • Brother, sister, half brother, half sister, step brother, step sister or a descendant of any of them such as a niece or nephew

Secondly, any claimed child dependents for the EITC must meet the IRS’s definition of a qualifying child.

Because rules on claiming dependents on your tax return can be complicated, we always recommend talking to a tax professional if you’re ever unsure about if you can claim someone or not.

Additional information for non-traditional families can be found on the eitcoutreach.org site.

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