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b-doyle
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Non bio parent claim child tax credit?

I have a child and was recently married. I am the higher income earner this year. I know usually the lower income parent claims the child, is this still allowed if he isn't her biological father, or any parental rights?

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TurboTaxJeffrey
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Non bio parent claim child tax credit?

If you mean claiming the "Amount for Children" credit, which was approximately $2000 per child...that is no longer a credit.  As to other credits, such as Child Care Expenses, that is claimed by the spouse/partner with the lower net income.  Fitness and arts credits may be claimed by either of you.

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TurboTaxJeffrey
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Non bio parent claim child tax credit?

If you mean claiming the "Amount for Children" credit, which was approximately $2000 per child...that is no longer a credit.  As to other credits, such as Child Care Expenses, that is claimed by the spouse/partner with the lower net income.  Fitness and arts credits may be claimed by either of you.

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b-doyle
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Non bio parent claim child tax credit?

Yes, but I was wondering if the lower income spouse is not a biological parent, are they still able to claim the child care expenses etc.?
barbarabjune
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Non bio parent claim child tax credit?

You are common-law and both supporting g the child.   Because of this, regarles of blood relationship,  he is considered a parent and if his income is lower he is the one to claim child care.
TurboTaxJeffrey
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Non bio parent claim child tax credit?

Barbara is correct.
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