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Claiming dependent from other country for fed tax

abe786 345 146 February 16, 2011 at 02:03 PM in Other
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Hi Guys,

So I've been living in the states for an year now and I need to file my taxes. I want to know can I claim my parents (not living in US) as dependents? They do not have a SSN (since they have never come here) and they are retired.
Searching a bit i've found I can get an ITIN by giving form W-7 and claim them as dependent. Am I reading this right? How much time does it take to get an ITIN after submitting the W-7 if anybody knows?

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ARE the dependents?

Is it worth it to go through the hassle? I know if I were an IRS agent this kinda thing would be setting off all sorts of alarms.
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Nope. Only been here 1 year & you are already tryin to scam the system?
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Nope. Only been here 1 year & you are already tryin to scam the system?
lol...what's a scam..
If its allowed by the law...it ain't a scam bounce
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Nope. Only been here 1 year & you are already tryin to scam the system?
you make it sound like the system is so righteous and no one does this lol
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lol...what's a scam..
If its allowed by the law...it ain't a scam bounce
Since when is cheatin on income taxes allowed by law?
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Since when is cheatin on income taxes allowed by law?
dude, there must be some reason there is form W-7 which gives you option to generate ITIN for dependents not in the country...i can't see where am I cheating Confused
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AFAIK you can only claim someone as a dependent if they live with you and you provide support for them for more than half the year.
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AFAIK you can only claim someone as a dependent if they live with you and you provide support for them for more than half the year.
yes man, i do send money back to my country...
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yes man, i do send money back to my country...
He said "and" not "or"
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He said "and" not "or"
What's that supposed to mean?
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You support and they live with you more than half the year in the U.S..
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What's that supposed to mean?
that means:

1. you must live with them
2. you must provide over 50% of their support

you need BOTH, not just one or the other
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dude, there must be some reason there is form W-7 which gives you option to generate ITIN for dependents not in the country...i can't see where am I cheating Confused
it is for those cases where the dependants resided for part of the year in america
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Check out IRS publication 503 [irs.gov] and review the Qualifying Person Test on page 3.

There you'll see that the answer is "HELL NO." A person who is not your child is a dependent when THEY LIVE WITH YOU. By not living with you (with an ITN or not), they wouldn't qualify.

I hate doing this, but I gotta agree with Nagin - stop trying to scam the system.
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