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At what age is a child no longer a dependent?

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    So at what age is a child no longer eligible to file or qualify as a dependent? I heard it was 24 a few years ago. But then I know it changes if the kid is in school.. And I also know that Obamacare might have changed the age yet again. Anyone know off hand, or know a site that can point me in the right direction? Trying to file solo this year..
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    You're right that it's 24 years of age, but only if they are enrolled in school. If they are not enrolled in school then a parent can no longer claim a child as a dependent once they turn 19.

    There are exemptions for families who are raising what the IRS calls a qualifying relative. I think this has more to do with someone raising an adult child that can not care for themselves.

    Obamacare is a little different. A child can stay on their parents plan, without having to meet any qualifying standards, until they are 26. They can stay on their parents plan (with their parents permission) even if their employer offers health insurance, they are married, or even if they don't live their with parents anymore.