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Old 10-16-2017, 02:50 PM
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Hello, been awhile since I've been on here.

My son has decided he would like to move in with me. This now flips everything and makes me the primary and his mother every other weekend.

If he moves in, in mid-October who should claim him as a dependent for this year's taxes?

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If it was me, I'd just let her claim him this year and then you start next year.
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That would be something discuss with his mother. If you both attempt to claim it, the CRA just says that nobody gets it. Only requirement to claim it, is if you met the criteria at any time during the year, so you could both argue your each eligible.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/line-305-amount-eligible-dependant.html


Ethically, since he was with her for over 10 months of the tax year, the mother should claim it.

When you do claim it, enjoy the rejection from CRA as to your eligibility, or if you're lucky, you'll just have to provide multiple letters from all kinds of sources stating that you are parenting the child (can't recall the exact term they use). They'll want letters from Dentists, Doctors, Schools, etc. Read up on it and dispute the rejection if it occurs.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:34 AM
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