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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Four Tax Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children

Tax TipsThe Special Needs Alliance, a national nonprofit, offers four tax tips to parents with a child with special needs, including:

  1. Claim the child as a dependent. Even if the child is over 18-years-old and not a student, if the child is permanently and totally disabled, living at home, and reliant on parental financial support the parent may be able to still claim the child as a dependent.
  2. Keep track of and itemize all qualified expenses. Deductions that can be claimed for a child with special needs that may not apply otherwise include, costs for special schooling, home modifications made to accommodate the child’s special needs, and conference seminar costs.
  3. Create a special needs trust. Special needs trust can be very beneficial to the child, but comes with unique tax considerations, which should be researched and understood  thoroughly prior to creation of the trust.
  4. Get more information. The IRS’ Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities contains helpful information for parents of children with special needs.

See SNA, Tax Tips for Parents of a Child with Special Needs, The Voice: The Official Newsletter of SNA, April 21, 2014.


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