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Who Is a Qualifying Relative for Tax Purposes?

Several conditions must be met before an individual can qualify as your relative. Namely,

  • He or she cannot also be claimed as a qualifying child.
  • That individual must be a member of your household or be related to you in a specific way.
  • The gross income of your relative, in the form of money, property rental, services, or unemployment compensation must be less than $3,700.
  • You must have provided more than half of that person’s total support during the year for he or she to qualify.


  • A qualifying relative allows you to claim an additional exemption and reduce your taxable income.