Some taxpayers use the term “relative” quite loosely. Your best friend’s son may be your godson – and he may seem like a relative in your eyes – but Dr Sam and the IRS don’t see it that way.
So, when the IRS says “your relative” here is who they are talking about:
- Your biological son or daughter
- Your stepson or stepdaughter by a legally recognized marriage
- Your biological grandchild, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, nephew or niece
- Your legal foster child
- Your stepbrother or stepsister by a legally recognized marriage
- Your biological mother or father
- Your stepmother or stepfather by a legally recognized marriage
- Your biological grandmother or grandfather
- Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, or mother-in-law by a legally recognized marriage
So there ya have it. Plain and simple.
~ Be blessed!
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