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EleanorTiny
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19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

 
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ColeenD3
Expert Alumni

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

He will have to amend if he does not fit either category of dependent.

 

Qualifying Child

 

Relationship — the taxpayer’s child or stepchild (whether by blood or adoption), foster child, sibling or step-sibling, or a descendant of one of these.

Residence — has the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the tax year. Exceptions apply, in certain cases, for children of divorced or separated parents, kidnapped children, temporary absences, and for children who were born or died during the year.

Age — must be under the age of 19 at the end of the tax year, or under the age of 24 if a full-time student for at least five months of the year, or be permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year.

Support — did not provide more than one-half of his/her own support for the year.

 

 

Qualifying Relative

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiancé (etc.) as a dependent on your 2020 taxes as long as they meet all of the following requirements :

  • You provided more than half of their financial support. More info
  • They made less than $4,300 in gross income during 2020 unless they are a qualifying child.
  • They live with you or they are related to you. (Your relative must live at your residence all year or be on the list of “relatives who do not live with you” in Publication 501.) 
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren't (or won't be) claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • You are not being claimed as a dependent on someone else's return.
  1. Sign in to TurboTax.
  2. Scroll down to Your tax return & documents (you may need to select Show), select 2020 and then Amend (change) return.
    • If you only see the option to amend 2019 or earlier, it's because you can't amend an unfiled 2020 return. Instead, just select Pick up where you left off, make your changes, and disregard the rest of these instructions.
  3. Select Amend using TurboTax Online.
  4. Carefully follow the instructions. Don't worry if your refund changes to $0. This is normal on amended returns.
  5. You can e-file your 2020 amended federal tax return, but most states require amendments to be printed and filed by mail.
  6. If e-filing, you’ll review, sign and transmit your federal return. If not, we'll give you instructions to print and mail your amended return.

Three weeks after mailing your amended return, you can start tracking it at the IRS Where's My Amended Return? tracking tool.  Please allow at least 16 weeks for the IRS to process your amended return.

Processing times for amended state returns vary from state to state. If it's been more than 12 weeks since you mailed your amended state return, and you haven't heard anything, we suggest you contact your state tax agency.

 

 

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Bsch4477
Level 15

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

He should amend his return after it is fully processed and any refund or tax liability is settled. 

ColeenD3
Expert Alumni

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

He will have to amend if he does not fit either category of dependent.

 

Qualifying Child

 

Relationship — the taxpayer’s child or stepchild (whether by blood or adoption), foster child, sibling or step-sibling, or a descendant of one of these.

Residence — has the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the tax year. Exceptions apply, in certain cases, for children of divorced or separated parents, kidnapped children, temporary absences, and for children who were born or died during the year.

Age — must be under the age of 19 at the end of the tax year, or under the age of 24 if a full-time student for at least five months of the year, or be permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year.

Support — did not provide more than one-half of his/her own support for the year.

 

 

Qualifying Relative

You can claim a child, relative, friend, fiancé (etc.) as a dependent on your 2020 taxes as long as they meet all of the following requirements :

  • You provided more than half of their financial support. More info
  • They made less than $4,300 in gross income during 2020 unless they are a qualifying child.
  • They live with you or they are related to you. (Your relative must live at your residence all year or be on the list of “relatives who do not live with you” in Publication 501.) 
  • They are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, national, or a Canadian or Mexican resident.
  • They aren't (or won't be) claimed as a dependent by someone else.
  • They aren’t filing a joint return with their spouse.
  • You are not being claimed as a dependent on someone else's return.
  1. Sign in to TurboTax.
  2. Scroll down to Your tax return & documents (you may need to select Show), select 2020 and then Amend (change) return.
    • If you only see the option to amend 2019 or earlier, it's because you can't amend an unfiled 2020 return. Instead, just select Pick up where you left off, make your changes, and disregard the rest of these instructions.
  3. Select Amend using TurboTax Online.
  4. Carefully follow the instructions. Don't worry if your refund changes to $0. This is normal on amended returns.
  5. You can e-file your 2020 amended federal tax return, but most states require amendments to be printed and filed by mail.
  6. If e-filing, you’ll review, sign and transmit your federal return. If not, we'll give you instructions to print and mail your amended return.

Three weeks after mailing your amended return, you can start tracking it at the IRS Where's My Amended Return? tracking tool.  Please allow at least 16 weeks for the IRS to process your amended return.

Processing times for amended state returns vary from state to state. If it's been more than 12 weeks since you mailed your amended state return, and you haven't heard anything, we suggest you contact your state tax agency.

 

 

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

How old was he on Dec 31, 2020?  If he was under 19 or under 24 and a full time student he probably can be claimed by the parents.

EleanorTiny
Level 1

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

For parents tax filing for 2020, he cannot be claimed as a dependent.  He makes too much and he is 19+ in 2020.

 

For him, he was 19 in 2020, he is not a student, he lived with parents the entire year, and parents provided the majority of support.  

 

So this tells me that he files as a single but he should still check dependent  because he lives with parents and does not support himself more than 50%.  Is this correct?  

 

Thanks for your help 

VolvoGirl
Level 15

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

No, if he made too made he does not check he was a dependent.  He is Single.  He will also qualify for all the stimulus checks if he didn't get any.  

EleanorTiny
Level 1

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

When we filed our son's tax return with him through TurboTax it told him he was a dependent because he lived with his parents and didn't pay expenses.  The program knew he was 19 and that he wasn't a full time student so why did it tell him that is how he should file?  

 

 

 

 

SweetieJean
Level 15

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

When did he turn 19?

EleanorTiny
Level 1

19y/o filed as a dependent and checked off that he could be claimed by someone else but turns out he makes too much to be claimed on parents 2020 taxes as a dependent. Now what?

Turned 19 in 2020.

 

Thank you to all for your help. He will file an amendment.

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