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Homeschooled Children Considered Full Time Student?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Homeschooled Children Considered Full Time Student? Reply with quote

Does my home schooled child qualify as a full time student for tax purposes? She turned 19 this year but has not finished high school.

Thanks for any help on this.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You probably need to talk to a tax professional. It might have to do with the compulsory school age in your state; if it's 18, she might not be considered full-time even though she hasn't graduated.

Or not, which is why you need a tax professional.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to H&R Block, "A dependent is a full-time student if the dependent is enrolled in a school for the number of hours or courses considered by the school to be full-time during some part of at least 5 calendar months during the year..." 12 credit hours or more is generally considered full-time, and the age limit on this is 24.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I guess that means a brick and mortar building other than my house.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, because homeschools can still legally count as private schools. Some states may be a bit ambiguous on this, but for those you can sign up under an umbrella school. As for the credit hours, just do work equivalent to that number of credit hours.

This may also be of interest, it's upcoming legislation:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/National/2009/H.R.2605/default.asp
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