Checklist for acceptable proof of a child or dependent
What you need to reply quickly and completely to your letter using our Respond to Department Notice online service:
- a digital copy—scanned or uploaded from your phone—of the documentation below, and
- an Individual Online Services account. (Log in or create an account.)
For every child or dependent you're claiming a credit for, you must send us:
- proof of your relationship to the child or dependent, and
- proof that the child or dependent lived with you for more than half of the year shown on your letter.
|Proof of relationship|
|If you’re listed on the child’s birth certificate, include a copy of the birth certificate.|
|If you're not listed on the child's birth certificate, include documentation showing your relationship to the child or dependent.
If you're claiming a credit for your grandchild, send us:
If you're claiming a credit for your niece or nephew, send us:
|If you’re claiming a foster child, include a copy of the decree or other court order naming you as the foster parent.|
|Proof of residence|
|We will accept a letter from the child's doctor or school—on the doctor’s or school’s letterhead—if it includes:
For example, “From January 1, through June 30, 2016, Amy Jones (b. 10/08/2010) attended Maple Greenleaf school. Her address was 123 Lincoln Park Dr., Rome, NY, from January 1 through June 3, 2016, and Amanda Jones is listed as her mother during that time.”
Note: If the document has the child’s name and your address but not your name, you need to send in another document with your name showing the same address.
|Alternate proof of residence|
If you are unable to obtain the documents listed above, we may accept the following:
|We will accept a statement from a homeless shelter, signed by a case worker, if it includes:
|We will accept a copy of the child’s birth certificate if it includes:
|If you changed your address during the tax year on your letter, give us the address of each place you lived during the year.|