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I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes

Q) I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes

A) There is no maximum amount of dependents you’re allowed to claim on your tax return. You can claim all dependents who are qualified child dependents according to IRS rules. Consider it a token of appreciation for supporting the ever-increasing costs of diapers, astronomical college tuition fees and for simply putting food on the table each night.

What qualifies a child as my dependent?
You may see this question to have a simple answer if you are married parents filing a joint return. However, for single parents, married parents who file separately or other relatives, the answer is not as clear.

A qualifying child dependent has slightly different requirements than a qualifying relative dependent does. In order to be considered a qualifying child dependent, they must meet all of the following requirements:

The child must be a U.S. citizen, national, resident or a resident of Mexico or Canada.
The child cannot be claimed by someone else or themselves if they are also taking the personal exemption.
If the child is filing a tax return, they cannot be claiming a dependent.
The child cannot be filing a joint tax return.
The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, brother, sister, eligible foster child, half sibling, stepsibling, or adopted child. He/she can also qualify if they are an offspring of any of the above.
The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year.
The child must be under 19 years old. If the child is a full-time student, they must be under 24 years old. There is no age limit if the child is totally and permanently disabled.
You must have provided more than half of the child’s annual financial support.
How much is each dependent child worth on my tax return?
Each child claimed as a dependent reduces your taxable income by $4,000. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean that $4,000 will be added to your refund or directly deducted from your tax bill. It means that the income amount that you are being taxed on is reduced which ultimately reduces your tax bill (or increases your refund amount).

Although claiming a dependent or two on your tax return opens the door to qualifying for the Child Tax Credit, it does not guarantee it. https://www.rapidtax.com/blog/how-many-kids-can-you-claim-on-taxes/




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How Do I File My Annual Return?

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Do we take the standard deduction for our house interest payments or do we take 20% of the actual tax amount paid

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All employers must file a Form W-2

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How do I sign my tax return when I (e-filing) using online filing software?

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Who is Self-Employed?

Generally, you are self-employed if any of the following apply to you. You carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor. You are a member of a partnership that carries on a trade or business. You are otherwise in business for yourself (including a part-time business)

How would I obtain a private letter ruling?

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