Will I be responsible for back taxes that a dependent owes? 5 Answers as of February 05, 2011My 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?
Steven J. Fromm | Steven J. Fromm & Associates, P.C.
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