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I stay at home bc my mom needs 24 hr care. I don't collect monies from her. We are barely getting by. God blessed us all to be together. I just dont believe he meant for us to be fighting to keep lghts on. We lost our cable, oh boy what a battle explaining to a woman who has no short term memory why she cant watch Food Network. Is there any help out there for us. I promised her no homes and I will keep that promise. I'm just scared I wont be able to make my bills one month and we will be out on our butts. So, my ?'s are.

1). Is there any way I can be compensated?
2). Can my husband and I claim her on our taxes as a dependant?

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Lynn, there are rules for claiming parents. They must live with you or you must provide over 50 percent of their support. The 4000 income limit is for actual income w2s or 1099s --social security is not considered income. I had questions about this on friday due to guardianship issues and verified all of this with our cpa. Now if your mother does receive medicaid, she may be disqualified for the program. Also, i looked into the pace program in our area in michigan and if she didnt qualify, the out of pocket costs for the program was 3200.
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Lynn, the majority of grown children are not paid for taking care of their parents unless the parent can pay that grown child a salary for their care. If your Mom can do that, you would need to set up an employment agreement... or your Mom can contribute to some of the utilities.

My Dad is now moving into a "home" because he feels he can no longer keep up his large home and the stairs are now too difficult for him. He now will have an apartment which has cable TV.... he's so excited about that because in the past he never wanted to pay for cable :)

We promise a parent that they will never move into a "home", but that promise was usually made back when Mom or Dad was still mobile, had no memory problem, was still driving and doing their own grocery shopping. We, as grown children, could not back then visualize our parent being elderly with everything that comes long with being elderly.

As mentioned above, you can only deduct Mom as a "dependent" if you pay more than half of her care. Check with the IRS website for more answers on this.
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Lynn, your mother is at home receiving care. How are you paying for her medical necessities? Do you have someone coming in to help her. I ask because there is a program called PACE for low-income seniors who are aging in place. It might be worth looking into if you haven't already. It may help you save enough to pay for the cable bill so your mother can watch Food Network.
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Lynn, sorry it is so difficult. There are certain rules for deciding if someone can qualify as a dependent on federal taxes. They have to receive at least half of their support from you and cannot make over $4000 a year. If your mother receives a typical SS check payment, chances are that she will make over that amount, so cannot qualify.
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You should be pooling your finances to meet your ezpenses. What is wrong with your mother contributing toward the household expenses with her SSI? Utility companies do not care who makes the payments on the bill.
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