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5 Tax Tips for Single Parents
Filing taxes as a single parent requires coordination between you and your ex-spouse or partner. Usually the custodial parent claims the child as a dependent, but there are exceptions. A single parent is allowed to claim applicable deductions and exemptions for each qualifying child. Even though you claim your child as a dependent, she may still have to file her own tax return if she has income, such as from an after-school job. Read more…

7 Requirements for the Child Tax Credit
The Child Tax Credit can reduce your tax bill by as much as $1,000 per child, if you meet all seven requirements: 1. age, 2. relationship, 3. support, 4. dependent status, 5. citizenship, 6. length of residency and 7. family income. You and/or your child must pass all seven to claim this tax credit. Read more…

Guide to Filing Taxes as Head of Household
The IRS has provided a series of guidelines to help taxpayers understand whether or not they qualify to file as head of household. Read more…

8 Money-Saving Tax Tips for Parents
No one ever said raising kids would be a cost-effective undertaking. But after your initial "investment" in diapers, baby food and all the other necessary bells and whistles, the financial perks of having children come at tax time. Tax credits and deductions for parenting expenses can result in a lower tax bill and a higher refund. Read more…

The Dirty Dozen: 12 Tricky Tax Dependent Dilemmas
Knowing when someone qualifies as a tax dependent can be trickier than it seems. These 12 examples help clear up the confusion about who you can and can't claim as a dependent on your tax return. Read more…


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Sending Kids to College Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return New Addition: Adoption Tax Credits Birth of a Child Tax Tips for Single Dads Tax Tips When Sending Kids to Private or Public Schools What is the Additional Child Tax Credit? Claiming a Non-Citizen Spouse and Children on Your Taxes Claiming a Domestic Partner as a Dependent 5 Tax Tips for Single Moms What is Form 8332: Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent Should I Include a Dependent's Income on My Tax Return? Video: How to File a Tax Return with Adult Dependents Filing Tax Form 2441: Child and Dependent Care Expenses Steps to Claiming an Elderly Parent as a Dependent What Is IRS Form 8839: Qualified Adoption Expenses? Deducting Summer Camps and Daycare with the Child and Dependent Care Credit Sweet Child of Mine: Tax Credits for Parents Tax Deductible Pregnancy Medical Expenses What Is the IRS Form 8812? Information on 529 Plans Tax Filing Requirements for Children How Do I Claim Someone as a Dependent on Taxes? What Happens When Both Parents Claim a Child on a Tax Return? How to Itemize Taxes When Claiming Dependents What Are Dependents? Video: Who You Can Claim as a Dependent on Your Tax Return Video: What's the Child Tax Credit—How Do I Qualify? Tax Exemptions and Deductions for Families Child Tax Credit What Is a Personal Representative for Taxes? Death in the Family Video: Child Care Tax Credits Video: Claiming Dependents on Your 2010 Tax Return Video: What Are Dependents? Video: Tax Tips for a New Baby At What Income Does a Minor Have to File an Income Tax Return? Can I Claim a Boyfriend/Girlfriend as a Dependent on Income Taxes? Video: How to Prove Head of Household for the IRS Video: Tax Filing Requirements for Children Video: What Is a 529 Plan Contribution? Cash for College: Tax-Free 529 Plans Video: Tax Credits for Disabled Dependents Tax Deductions for Funeral Expenses Video: What is IRS Form 2441? Child and Dependent Care Expenses The Ins and Outs of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit What is IRS Form 8615: Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income Video: Tax Credits When Adopting a Child

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