Who "writes off" their foster children on their taxes if they have lived with them for longer than 6 months in one year?
I do not.
It is not because I am some saint.
I have a few reasons:
1. My agency sends out this paper around tax time stapled to the checks we get saying that we can't write off our foster kids unless there are special circimstances....I am pretty sure that is untrue. (it's kinda the reason I am posting this question in the first place)
2. We have never wanted to risk someone else claiming the child as well and our taxes getting rejected because that would be a HUGE hassle.
3. We didn't know what the right answer was so we just never worried about it.
-I had a child in my home for 16 months in a row and never claimed them.
-I currently have a child that has been in my home for 20 months in a row that I will not claim until she is adopted.
-I had a foster son in my home for just under 5 1/2 months out of one year. As I said, we never have claimed any of our kids. This child lived in my house and his adoptive family's house ONLY for all of 2010...and yet someone besides one of us claimed him on their taxes!!! His adoptive family's taxes got rejected because someone else used his social security number first!
So anyway, if you are willing to share, do you claim your foster kids on your taxes AND do you claim the money you receive from your state as well?