If parents can claim exemption for child, can child claim his own personal exemption on his tax return if parents don't claim the dependent's exemption on their return?

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I think you need to read the law. If the law states: SHALL claim, (assuming all tests are met) then the parents don't have a choice. SHALL means MUST. You have to determine if the parents meet all the tests. If they flunk a test, then they CAN'T claim the child.If they MAY claim, that is discretionary.The only time the parents, if they are entitled to the dependency exemption, can WAIVE the exemption is in cases of the college credits and deduction.In other words, try to see if they flunk the tests, usually because of the support issue.
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