Proof of a Child’s Age and Residency

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Proof of a Child’s Age and Residency

The Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit  all require documentation to prove a child’s age and residency. Accordingly, we have put this age and residency checklist in its own section.

Provide proof of age of a claimed child. (Note: We do not need proof of age If EP Tremblay has prepared your tax return before.)  Note:

  • If you are claiming a child born in the 2016 tax year, provide a birth certificate and social security card

Is your child or other qualifying relative a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national or a U.S. resident alien?
[ ] Yes [ ] No

Did your child or other qualifying relative live with you for more than half of the tax year for which you claim the credit? (A child who was born [or died] during the tax year is considered to have lived with you for the entire year.)
[ ] Yes [ ] No

Did your child or other qualifying relative live with you for more than half of the tax year for which you claim the credit? (A child who was born [or died] during the tax year is considered to have lived with you for the entire year.)
[ ] Yes [ ] No

Provide proof that your child lives with you by providing documents that include any one of these:

  • School records or statement
  • Landlord or property management statement
  • Health care provider statement
  • Medical records
  • Child care provider records
  • Placement agency statement
  • Social service records or statement
  • Place of worship statement
  • Indian tribal official statement
  • Employer statement

Special note for those filing for the CTC or ACTC: If you are entitled to take a dependency exemption because of a divorce, separation or other legal agreement and your dependent did not live with you for more than 6 months, you must obtain a signed Form 8332 from the parent who the child lived with for more than 6 months in order to claim the CTC/ACTC or dependency exemption.  We can prepare a Form 8332 if you want us to. Please contact the office.