Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury

Can someone else claim you as a dependent?

  • Most people under age 19 and most students under age 23 who live with their parents or other relatives are dependents, and should answer yes here.
  • A married taxpayer filing a joint return cannot be claimed as a dependent unless they are filing only to claim a refund of taxes paid, and should usually check 'no' here. Please check the rules at https://taxmap.irs.gov/taxmap/instr/i1040gi-008.htm and check 'yes' here only if you will be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. We will ask about your dependents later.

For more information about whether someone can claim you as a dependent: https://taxmap.irs.gov/taxmap/instr/i1040gi-008.htm.