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Qualifying Relative

What is 'Qualifying Relative'

A federal income tax designation that allows a taxpayer to claim as a dependent someone for whom he or she provided considerable financial support during the tax year. Claiming a qualifying relative as a dependent will allow the taxpayer to take an additional exemption, which will reduce his taxable income, dollar for dollar.

Explaining 'Qualifying Relative'

The IRS requires four tests to be passed for a person to be classified as a qualifying relative. They must not be a qualifying child; they must live in the taxpayer's household (but certain types of relatives, including children, siblings, parents, grandparents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, certain in-laws and certain step-relatives are not required to live in the household); must have had a gross income of less than $3,650 (in 2009), and must have received more than half of their financial support for the year from the taxpayer. A qualifying relative can be any age. IRS Publication 501 provides details about meeting the qualifying relative tests.


Further Reading


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www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …

Japan's financial crisis and economic stagnationJapan's financial crisis and economic stagnation
www.aeaweb.org [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …

The economics of small business finance: The roles of private equity and debt markets in the financial growth cycleThe economics of small business finance: The roles of private equity and debt markets in the financial growth cycle
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …

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www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …

The economic theory of regulation and public financing of presidential electionsThe economic theory of regulation and public financing of presidential elections
www.journals.uchicago.edu [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …

CRUDi framework proposal: financial industry applicationCRUDi framework proposal: financial industry application
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …

Unrelated Child as a Qualifying RelativeUnrelated Child as a Qualifying Relative
www.questia.com [PDF]
… the part of some policy makers in seeking to cast discussion of relative performance on … Skills are integral to accelerating economic prosperity; creating competitive business advantage in a challenging … moment and aimed to chart its impact on a cohort of qualifying SfL teachers …


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