Can Zoe claim Joshua as a dependent given this information? • Zoe is single and 47 years old. • Zoe has two children. Yvonne, age 19, has a job and earned wages of $5,200. Joshua, age 26 is totally and permanently disabled and received Social Security benefits of $4,500. Both children lived with her all year. • Zoe paid all the cost of keeping up the home and more than half the support for her children. • Zoe received disability pension benefits, but she has not reached the minimum retirement age of her employer’s plan. • She does not have enough expenses to itemize for the 2023 tax year. • Zoe, Yvonne, and Joshua are U.S. citizens and have valid Social Security numbers. They all lived in the United States for the entire year. • If she has any balance due or refund, she would like to use Adelphia Bank and Trust. Zoe provided a voided check.

Based on the information provided, Zoe may be able to claim Joshua as a dependent on her tax return, but not Yvonne. Here's why: 1. **Qualifying Child**: Yvonne, at 19, is beyond the age limit for a qualifying child unless she is a full-time student. Since it's not mentioned that she is a student, and because she earned $5,200, which is more than the exemption amount, she likely does not qualify as a dependent under the "qualifying child" criteria. 2. **Qualifying Relative**: Joshua, at 26, is too old to be considered a qualifying child, but he may qualify as a "qualifying relative" since he is totally and permanently disabled. The key points for Joshua are: - He lived with Zoe all year, satisfying the residency requirement. - He is not required to have gross income below a certain level because he is disabled, and Social Security benefits are often not considered taxable income. - Zoe provided more than half of his support. Given these points, Zoe should be able to claim Joshua as a dependent under the "qualifying relative" criteria. This would allow her to potentially receive a tax benefit, such as the Other Dependent Credit, if available. For Yvonne, since she has earned income above the standard deduction for a single person, she likely cannot be claimed as a dependent unless she is a full-time student for at least part of 5 months of

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