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jmsanchez24
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My ex claims that I will only get money for two even if I claim all three on my taxes, is this true? It's my year to claim the exemptions for my kids.

 
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Hal_Al
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My ex claims that I will only get money for two even if I claim all three on my taxes, is this true? It's my year to claim the exemptions for my kids.

Possibly. The only way to be sure is prepare test returns and compare. You can use this tool to do that: http://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/calculators/taxcaster/

You should be aware that there is a special rule in the case of divorced & separated (including never married) parents. When the non-custodial parent is claiming the child as a dependent/exemption/child tax credit; the custodial parent is still allowed to claim the same child for Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status, and day care credit. This "splitting of the child" is not available to parents who lived together at any time during the last 6 months of the year; then only one of you can claim the child for any tax reasons. The tax benefits may not be split in any other manner.

Note in particular that the non-custodial parent can never claim the Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status or the day care credit, based on that child, even when the custodial parent has released the exemption to him.

 So, it's good idea to let the other parent know that you will be claiming those items, as many first time divorced parents are not aware of this rule and may try to claim those items, which will cause the IRS to send out letters.

Ref: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch03.html#en_US_2014_publink1000170897

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Hal_Al
Level 15

My ex claims that I will only get money for two even if I claim all three on my taxes, is this true? It's my year to claim the exemptions for my kids.

Possibly. The only way to be sure is prepare test returns and compare. You can use this tool to do that: http://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/calculators/taxcaster/

You should be aware that there is a special rule in the case of divorced & separated (including never married) parents. When the non-custodial parent is claiming the child as a dependent/exemption/child tax credit; the custodial parent is still allowed to claim the same child for Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status, and day care credit. This "splitting of the child" is not available to parents who lived together at any time during the last 6 months of the year; then only one of you can claim the child for any tax reasons. The tax benefits may not be split in any other manner.

Note in particular that the non-custodial parent can never claim the Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status or the day care credit, based on that child, even when the custodial parent has released the exemption to him.

 So, it's good idea to let the other parent know that you will be claiming those items, as many first time divorced parents are not aware of this rule and may try to claim those items, which will cause the IRS to send out letters.

Ref: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch03.html#en_US_2014_publink1000170897

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