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Who qualifies as a dependent?

A dependent can get you a variety of tax benefits, including valuable offsets. In order to claim someone as a dependent, that person must be

  • your spouse
  • your parent or your spouse‚Äôs parent
  • a child under 21 years old who is not a student
  • a student under 25 years old who is studying full time at school, college, or university
  • a child-housekeeper (your child who kept house for you full-time)
  • an invalid relative (your child or sibling) 16 years old or older

In order to claim someone as a dependent, they must be an Australian resident for tax purposes.

You may be required not just to have a dependent, but to maintain them as well. Maintaining a dependent involves any of the following

  • living with your dependent in the same house
  • giving them food, clothing, or lodging
  • helping them pay for living, medical, and educational costs