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Accidentally checked someone can claim me as dependent

Joined the military in 2019 and already filed and received my refund. First time filer mistake. My shipmates have already received their payments. I looked back at my paperwork and noticed I checked the box that someone can claim me. Not sure what to do. I'm concerned this will impact my stimulus check. 😕 Please help.

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Accidentally checked someone can claim me as dependent

Mistakes happen, and the IRS has a special form to correct them that is fairly easy to file in TurboTax. When you login to TurboTax, navigate to your 2019 tax return under "Your tax returns & documents" and then select the option "Amend/(change) return".   


This will help you to prepare Form 1040X to indicate that you were not eligible to be claimed as a dependent.  


Amended returns are filed by mail and typically take 8-12 weeks to process.  Processing times right now are significantly delayed due to reductions in staff.


It is not known if, upon processing, an advance payment will be sent.


Any taxpayer whose advance payment received is less than the full payment for which he or she is entitled, will be eligible to claim the difference as a credit on the 2020 tax return filed in 2021.


Please check these links frequently for updates:



IRS Economic Impact Payment


TurboTax Coronavirus Updates


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