Ever wonder who you can claim as your dependent for tax purposes? Your children, parents, friends, etc might be potential dependents.
But have you ever wondered whether you claim your boyfriend or girlfriend? The rules for dependency claiming and exemptions do extend to and cover whether you can claim a boyfriend or girlfriend.
So Can I Claim My Girlfriend as a Dependent?
The short answer to this question is yes, you can claim a boyfriend or girlfriend as your dependent.
But nothing in tax warrants a short answer. Your boyfriend or girlfriend will still have to pass the dependency rules just like any other potential dependent.
What Rules Apply in this Case?
Seeing as your boyfriend or girlfriend is not a qualifying child, they will have to pass the tests laid out for qualifying relatives.
What Tests Are Those?
Let’s start with the support test: you must provide over half of the support for your boyfriend or girlfriend throughout the year in order to claim them.
Next, they must meet the relationship/member of household test. Seeing as your boyfriend or girlfriend will not be directly related to you (hopefully), they must be a member of your household for over half of the year.
After the relationship test is the gross income test. This means that your boyfriend or girlfriend must have gross income under the filing threshold. In 2018, this would be $4,150 for the year.
What Benefits Do I Get for Claiming My Girlfriend?
While claiming a dependent for 2018 and 2019 will not yield an exemption, it will generate a credit for the taxpayer.
For claiming your boyfriend or girlfriend, you will get the Other Dependent Credit, yielding a $500 credit.
Remember, a credit is a direct reduction of your tax. This is much more powerful than a deduction or exemption of the same amount, because these only reduce your taxable income.
This article is not intended to be legal, tax, or financial advice. For help regarding your specific situation, please consult your local professional.