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Will I be responsible for back taxes that a dependent owes?

My mother in law came to live with us last year. We were planning on claiming her as a dependent, however, she has a house that is in the beginning stages of foreclosure. Since she is going to still owe taxes on the house until the foreclosure process is complete, are my husband and I going to be liable for those taxes or any other outstanding debt if we claim her as a dependent?

Answer By David Hoines
David Hoines Law
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No you will not be.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 2/5/2011

Steven J. Fromm
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No, just because you are providing her with more than one-half of her support and she otherwise qualifies as your dependent does not make you liable for her own debts. If you co-sign or otherwise guarantee her debts than you do have legal liability.

Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 1/24/2011

Answer By Luke T. Pepper
LT Pepper Law
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She would be responsible for the taxes and any assets she has would be used to pay the liability.

Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 1/23/2011

Answer By Bruce Givner
Givner & Kaye
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No. You are not responsible for someone else's taxes.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/21/2011

Answer By Kent W. Meyer
Meyer & Yee, LLP
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No- her status as a dependent shouldn't make you liable. However, you need to make sure she actually qualifies as your dependent to get the deduction.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/21/2011

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