Deciding Who Should Claim A Dependent Child In A Multigenerational Household
Some households include extended family members. A child is sometimes eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by more than one household member. Tax filers in multi-generational households must follow a specific set of rules to determine which filer is entitled to claim a child as a tax dependent. The guidelines used to determine dependent eligibility are referred to as the tiebreaker rules. In addition to reducing the amount of taxable income, the inclusion of a dependent on a tax return may also entitle a tax filer to the following benefits.