I was wondering If I am eligible to claim myself as independent on my taxes, and if it is worth it. So, here is my situation. I am nineteen years old, a full time student at a community college and on paper live at home. However, I stay with a friend 4-6 days a week who lives in the city I go to college in. I only made $2100 last year. However, all of my expenses are paid by myself. Medical, Food, college tuition and expenses, car, gas, phone- everything. My parents don't have the money to help me with any of the expenses, and do not. I was in High School at the beginning of the 2009-2010 tax year, but even then 90% of my meals were not ate at home, and I was home then only a couple days a week. In everything but on paper, I do not live at home. Even when I am at home, my parents do not pay for the food I do eat- instead, I end up using any money I already have to pay for my own food. My question is thus: Is it possible to claim myself independent on my taxes from my parents even though I made less than 3500, and is it worth it to do so?