Submitted By: Sheila
Answered: February 10, 2017 9:00 am

We support a niece who lives in Mexico. Can we take a dependency exemption for her?

It may be possible to claim a dependency exemption for a relative living in Mexico. While the niece cannot be a qualifying child because she does not live with you, the niece may be a qualifying relative. As long as she cannot be claimed as someone else’s dependent, then you can claim a dependency exemption (assuming all other dependency exemption requirements are met).

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A statutory term used to figure your profit or loss on a sale or exchange. Generally, it is sales proceeds plus mortgages assumed or taken subject to, less transaction expenses, such as commissions and legal costs.

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