Can you claim your girlfriend as an dependent on your tax?

United States
November 17, 2011 7:58pm CST
Here is a question, if you and your girlfriend, she also has 2 children with her. You both not officially married, simply living together. Lately, she has her own difficulty on earning, and she is now entirely depend on you, can you claim her on your tax form as dependent along with her kids? Only the marital status is hard to explain on both relationship though. Does anyone have such similar experience?
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5 responses
• China
19 Nov 11
I think it is really a serious problem to deal with. For me, actually, I am still a single. And it is hard for me to understand this kind of feeling indeed. However, if I were in this position, I could do everything I can to help her. For the marital status, which is also important for both the mother and the stepfather and it should be well-recognized by the public.
@phillyguy (3008)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
If you are from Philippines the answer is no! You can't declare your girlfriend as your dependent. Regarding the children I am not sure if the 2 children you are talking about is your children too or just hers. If you are the father of those 2 children you can declare them as your dependent if you have papers acknowledging that you are their father.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
If here in the Philippines, you cannot declare your gf sa dependent if you are not married. To legally declare your gf.. you have to marry her first
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
Definitely not, the Government allow legal wife and children only, while in the Philippines, illegitimate child can now bear their father's surname and can be declare on all legal papers. That is the dilemma of every women and men who is living together without marriage, I had been ask by my long time BF to move out with him but I always refuse cause I want to be legally married. I want to be in the right track from day 1 with him.
@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
Hehe, you cannot claim girlfriends on tax dependency, but you can of course claim the children as long as the father acknowledges that they are his, if the girlfriend is not employed and does not claim the children herself. So far this is what I know. =)