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:

  1. Your biological son or daughter
  2. Your stepson or stepdaughter by a legally recognized marriage
  3. Your biological grandchild, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, nephew or niece
  4. Your legal foster child
  5. Your stepbrother or stepsister by a legally recognized marriage
  6. Your biological mother or father
  7. Your stepmother or stepfather by a legally recognized marriage
  8. Your biological grandmother or grandfather
  9. 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!

Michelle Walker-Wade

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