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cali102010
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EIC Can not be used more than once?

I have been trying to file my taxes and I keep getting the message that EIC Social security number can not be used more than once.  My daughter lives with me and I have residential custody, and her mother and I switch every year who claims the Child deduction, but I still should be qualified for the EIC.  It appears her mother has filed for this, what are my options to contest this and file so I get the EIC credit?
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Texas Roger
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EIC Can not be used more than once?

You will have to print and mail your return to get it accepted. If you are right and her mother mistakenly filed as the custodial parent, she should file an amended return to change the way she claimed your daughter. If she doesn't, later in the year the IRS will send both of you requests for documentation to prove you were the custodial parent. Whoever wins gets to keep their tax benefits. Whoever loses gets to repay the benefits they should not have received with penalties and interest.

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Texas Roger
Level 15

EIC Can not be used more than once?

You will have to print and mail your return to get it accepted. If you are right and her mother mistakenly filed as the custodial parent, she should file an amended return to change the way she claimed your daughter. If she doesn't, later in the year the IRS will send both of you requests for documentation to prove you were the custodial parent. Whoever wins gets to keep their tax benefits. Whoever loses gets to repay the benefits they should not have received with penalties and interest.

Lakeisha
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EIC Can not be used more than once?

 NO, two people cannot get  EIC for one child, not even divorced parents. In the case of parents, living together, only one parent can claim the child for any tax reason.

  • But, you are allowed to decide between you, who that will be.A child can be claimed by a noncustodial parent if the custodial parent signs a waiver (Form 8332) which allows the exemption.  The custodial parent would be entitled to certain credits even if the exemption is waived.  
  • You would attach the Form 8332 from the mother (custodial parent) if she completes it to allow you to claim the exemption for your child.  Only the noncustodial parent is required to have this form and attach it to the Form 8453, then mail to the IRS after his e-filed return is accepted..  
  • Only the mother is entitled to the credits for having a child living with her,  even though she waived her right to claim the exemption. The noncustodial parent can use the Child Tax Credit, but will not be allowed other credits such as the earned income tax credit or child care credit, as example, because your child does not live with you.  They are reserved for the custodial parent.
  • Click the screenshot attached for clarity on questions as the noncustodial parent.
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  • Edit beside the child
  • Follow the prompts and the screenshot


Texas Roger
Level 15

EIC Can not be used more than once?

As I read the post, the father is the custodial parent who is entitled to the credits for a child living with him.
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