Who Can Claim Child as Dependent?

Wednesday June 29, 2022 – One of the most common IRS questions I receive is from Parents who are divorced, separated, never married or live apart and who share custody of a child with an ex-spouse or ex-partner who ask “Who can claim our child as a dependent?”

Only one person may be eligible to claim the qualifying child as a dependent.- and receive the tax benefit – Parents can’t share or split up the tax benefits for their child on their tax returns.

Recently, the IRS issued a press release on this subject. Attorney Steven A. Leahy reviews this press release and clarifies the IRS rules on Today’s Tax Talk.


Steven A. Leahy is a tax attorney in Illinois. He was the host of the long-running popular Radio Show “The IRS Radio Hour” heard every Sunday evening on AM 560 The Answer. Attorney Leahy is also the author of the book “Deal With Your IRS Problems Today!” You can get a FREE copy of this important book at FreeIRSBook.com. Or Call 24/7 (312)664-6649

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