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Can Parents Still Claim Dependent Exemption?

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Question: Can I apply by myself for Covered CA even if my parents claimed me as a Dependent? I am 21 and do not live at home with my parents, yet I did not make enough to be independent.

Answer: Yes. Apply as a 1-person household and use your own income projection for 2016. You will have to file a tax return for the 2016 tax year, but you must waive the personal exemption. That way your parents can continue to claim your dependent exemption on their return.

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I’m not sure about this answer. It is my understanding that the IRS uses tax filing status to determine household size. If parents claim a child as a dependent, then I don’t think the child is eligible for tax credits. Options would be to buy insurance without tax credits or sign up as household of three and exclude parents from enrollment, but you would need to count all income for determining eligibility.

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