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Can someone legally blind be considered a dependent?

My mother is 85 yrs. old, widowed, and legally blind (MD). My employer allows for "sick time" to be taken for doctors/dentists appointments for self, spouse or dependents. Since she is unable to drive and requires me to provide transportation, is there anyway I could have her deemed as my "dependent," being that she is medically dependent upon me? Appreciate any advice.

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Re:Can someone legally blind be considered a dependent?



What criteria does your employer use for determining who's a dependent?

I think you may find your answer in The Family and Medical Leave Act http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/statutes/whd/fmla.htm

Hope this helps.


Re: Can someone legally blind be considered a dependent?



Check with your local tax preparer.
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