(Closed) Filing my parents on my taxes….am I responsible for their garnishment?

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

No, that would still go on their tax return.  Even if they don’t file, they will find something else to garnish because your refund isn’t eligible.  If they are required to file a tax return because they made enough income ($5,700 if neither of them is over 65 or $6,800 if they are over 65), income the garnishment will come from their return and you can’t claim them.  You do know that you can only claim your parents if they made less than $3,650 in a year and you provide more than half their support right?  (I’m a tax accountant.)

Post # 5
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m not completely sure if it doesn’t count toward that or not but if that was their only income, they definetly won’t owe any taxes.  I would check with the CPA to be sure.  I’ve never had someone who was on Social Security and a dependant so I don’t want to give you the wrong info!  But you definetely don’t have to worry about them taking your tax return, they might go into your parent’s bank account or garnish your mother’s wages though.

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