You must enter her Social Security number on your tax return to claim her as a dependent. Apply for a Social Security number at the same time you apply for a birth certificate. If you do this, you will likely receive the Social Security number before the due date of the return, which is normally April 15th. Although you can also claim a dependent with an Individual Tax Identification Number or Adoption Tax Identification Number, certain credits require that the dependent have a Social Security number. See the Form 1040 instructions for additional information.
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- My former spouse and I share physical custody of our young child and we both have custody for the same number of days during the year. Which of us is the custodial parent?
- How do we claim our child born in December as our dependent when we don't have her Social Security number?
- I am a single parent with a qualifying child. We live with my mother in her home. The child's other parent did not live with us. My mother and I share the expenses. My AGI is $25,000. My mother's AGI is $32,000. Who can claim my child as a dependent?
- I attend college full time, work, and live with my father. Should my father claim me as a dependent?
- My ex-spouse is claiming our son as a dependent, even though our divorce agreement names me as custodial parent. He claims that because he had physical custody of our son for most of the year, he is entitled to do so. Is this true?