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February 06, 2010


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Personally, the Is your potential dependent a qualifying relative? would make me a little nervous about filing an unrelated person as a dependent... But that's just me :)

When you e-file your tax return, one of the pieces of information that is checked immediately before your return is accepted is what you put down as your dependent's relationship to you. The allowed entries are: Child, Foster child, Grandchild, Grandparent, Parent, Brother, Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Nephew, Niece, None, Son, Daughter, Other. "None" is the correct entry for an unrelated dependent. "Other" would be what you put down for a relative who is not in that list, such as a cousin or a stepbrother. Since "None" is an allowed entry, it seems the IRS expects this situation to occur and is okay with it.

Or better yet, just don't pay any taxes at all. That's what the cabinet members of the white house do.

It's definitions like these that give tax preparers job security :-)

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