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Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?

I noticed that my grandchild got credit for other dependent instead of child tax credit. She is 7 yrs old as of 2020. Should I file an amend? Please let me know. Thank you in advance.
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Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?


@thou1964 wrote:

Ok, do you think I should file an amend to get the right credit? What do you suggest?


Yes, you should file an amended return to receive the larger Child Tax Credit that you are eligible to receive.  But the choice is yours.  You are not required to amend the tax return if you choose not to do so.

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Level 15

Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?

When you entered her info, did you indicate that she was your Grandchild?

Level 1

Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?

Yes, I did. I guess down the line something went wrong doing my taxes. I think the part when it asked me if my grandchild was valid for employment and I answered, "no". Could that be the case?

Level 15

Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?


@thou1964 wrote:

Yes, I did. I guess down the line something went wrong doing my taxes. I think the part when it asked me if my grandchild was valid for employment and I answered, "no". Could that be the case?


Yes, that would prevent you from receiving the Child Tax Credit for your grandchild.  

Level 1

Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?

Ok, do you think I should file an amend to get the right credit? What do you suggest?

Level 15

Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?


@thou1964 wrote:

Ok, do you think I should file an amend to get the right credit? What do you suggest?


Yes, you should file an amended return to receive the larger Child Tax Credit that you are eligible to receive.  But the choice is yours.  You are not required to amend the tax return if you choose not to do so.

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Level 1

Should I file an amend, if my grandchild (age 7 yrs old) suppose to get child tax credit, but got credit for other dependent instead?

Ok, thank you so much for that information and help. Much appreciated!!

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