Can I claim my friends son as my dependent because I am the primary care taker through our mutual agreement ?
My boyfriend and I have been taking care of my friend’s 14month-old son for the past year. The baby lives in our home (for the most part) 6 days a week and spends about 1 night a week with his mother. Although she recieves cash-aid, food-stamps and wic (which provided the formula up to Nov.06) we pay for about 98% of his expsenses ourselves; including: rent along with up-keep expenses in the apt (utilities, repairs…), food, and everything else a baby needs. Problem is, there is no legal documentation of this only our spoken agreement with his mother. I’m pretty sure his mother dosen’t file taxes. Is there anyway I can file him as my dependent? Maybe file as “head of household”? ( I do support more than 50% of our household expenses) Any forms I need to fill out? Do I have any options?