Tax Tip: Can You Claim the Child Tax Credit for Other Dependents?

Even though you may not be able to claim the child tax credit, you may be able to claim the credit for other dependents under your care. The Internal Revenue Service issues a max of $500 for each dependent who meets specific conditions.

These conditions include:

  • Dependents who are age 17 or older on December 31 of the tax year.
  • Dependents who have individual taxpayer identification numbers.
  • Dependents living with the taxpayer for more than six months of the year (remember the special rules for divorced or separated parents or parents who live apart).

The credit begins to phase out when the taxpayer’s income exceeds $200,000. This phaseout begins for married couples filing a joint tax return at $400,000.

*This information is not intended to substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov5


Footnotes and Sources

  1., October 18, 2022.