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How do I enter dependants in TurboTax CD/Download?

When you start a new return, TurboTax will ask Do you have children or financially support another person? in the INTRODUCTION section of your return.

Information about your dependants (like their birthdate, their relationship to you, and their income) is used to determine your eligibility for certain credits and deductions, so be sure to enter this info accurately.

Note: The Find button is visible once you've completed the Introduction section on your return. If you don't see it, go back to those sections and enter all your information.

  1. Select Find from the menu.
  2. In the Find window, type Dependants.
  3. Select Dependants from the list and then select Go.
  4. Answer Yes to the question Do you have children or financially support another person? Note: If you've already entered one or more dependants, skip to step 6.
  5. Select Continue on the Dependant transfer step.
  6. Enter your dependant's information and select Continue.

Important: You can't claim your spouse or common-law partner as a dependant, even if they have no income.

Related information:

Who can I claim as a dependant?

What is the amount for an eligible dependant?

What is the disability amount transferred from a dependant?

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