Here are the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions our firm receives.

Q. My child lives at home but is filing her own tax return this year, can I still claim my child when I file?
A. If a dependent is filing their own tax return and if they can be claimed as a dependent on their parent's (or someone else's) return, then they cannot claim their own personal exemption. In this case, they should check the box on their return that someone else can claim them as a dependent. If someone is filing their own tax return and no one else is eligible to claim them as a dependent, then they would claim their personal exemption and would not be listed as a dependent on any other return.

Q. Can a person claim a girlfriend as a wife if they have a child or do they have to be married?
A. You are considered married if you are living together in a common law marriage that is recognized in the state where you now live or in the state where the common law marriage began. If you are considered married, then you may file as married filing jointly. If you are not considered married, then you would have to file as single or head of household.