Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Postby claiborne61 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:50 pm

ok i recieved over $6000 from unempolyment last year i didnt find a job so i was on it all year long. i did have taxes takin out of it and i do have one child will i get the child tax credit? also i was wondering if my boyfriend could claim me and my son on his taxes cuz we lived together all year and he supported my son and i.
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Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Postby colle9 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:53 pm

Your boyfriend cannot claim you because you made too much money from unemployment. Your boyfriend may be able to claim your son, but unless he is the father he will not qualify for EIC or the additional child tax credit (so again, no extra money back). You will not get anything back on your taxes because you must have earned income to qualify for the additional child tax credit and EIC. If you claim your child, you should not owe anything in taxes because of his exemption.
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Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Postby leyti » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:56 pm

You should get back all federal income tax withheld from your unemployment benefits. Because you have no earned income for the year, you will not receive any credits such as the earned income credit or the additional child tax credit. Your boyfriend cannot claim you because your income was too high. Your boyfriend cannot claim your son either, unless the child is also his son.
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Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Postby sugn » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:01 pm

You should get back all federal income tax withheld from your unemployment benefits. Because you have no earned income for the year, you will not receive any credits such as the earned income credit or the additional child tax credit. Your boyfriend cannot claim you because your income was too high. Your boyfriend cannot claim your son either, unless the child is also his son.
If you had tax taken out of your unemployment, you'll probably get all of it refunded. You won't get a child tax credit or EIC though - that's only given if you have income from WORKING. Unemployment doesn't count.

And no your bf can't claim you or your child. He can't claim you because you had gross income over $3650 for the year (unemployment DOES count for that). And that makes your child YOUR qualifying child, so your bf can't claim him.
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Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Postby malloy71 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:04 pm

To claim the credit you must meet these tests, to qualify for the credit:

The dependent must be a U.S. citizen or resident, and a blood or adoptive son, daughter, stepchild, or grandchild. Foster children qualify if they lived with you as members of your household for all of 2010.
You must report each qualifying child's tax identification number (usually the child's Social Security number) on your return for the year that you take the credit.

You can read more about it at the IRS website and they will do your taxes for free if you meet certain guidelines.

Again here are the guidelines for claiming the Child Tax Credit:


Amount - With the Child Tax Credit, you may be able to reduce your federal income tax by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under the age of 17.


Qualification - A qualifying child for this credit is someone who meets the qualifying criteria of six tests: age, relationship, support, dependent, citizenship, and residence.


Age Test - To qualify, a child must have been under age 17 – age 16 or younger – at the end of 2010.


Relationship Test - To claim a child for purposes of the Child Tax Credit, they must either be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister or a descendant of any of these individuals, which includes your grandchild, niece or nephew. An adopted child is always treated as your own child. An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with you for legal adoption.


Support Test - In order to claim a child for this credit, the child must not have provided more than half of their own support.


Dependent Test - You must claim the child as a dependent on your federal tax return.


Citizenship Test - To meet the citizenship test, the child must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien.


Residence Test - The child must have lived with you for more than half of 2010. There are some exceptions to the residence test, which can be found in IRS Publication 972, Child Tax Credit.

Because of the Relationship requirement, you boyfriend will NOT be able to claim your son. He could if you were married before the end of the year 2010.
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Will i get anything back on my taxes if i only got unemployment? also wondering if my boyfriend can claim us.?

Postby brun » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:06 pm

If you earned more than $3650 and aren't a full time student, NO ONE else can claim you as a dependent
If you only had unemployment, that is income to you, taxable and reportable to IRS
If you only had unemployment, you have NO Earned income and do not qualify for the EITC or CTC
BUT you should get back all of your FIT withholding from your Unemployment
NOT enough info provided
If your BF is the father of your son, he can claim him
If your BF is NOT the father of your son, his ability to claim the boy is limited, and in this case likely nonexistent
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