The CP87A notice from the IRS has absolutely nothing to do with your daughter's return in any way, shape, form or fashion. It's only addressing "YOUR" return, and that's it.
The IRS is saying that **YOU** ***PERSONALLY*** are not qualified to claim your daughter as a dependent, because someone else claimed your daughter as a dependent on their tax return.
Are you not married to the father of your daughter? If you are married and you filed as Married Filing Separate, then only one of you can claim the child as a dependent. If not married and you filed as single or head of household, then it "sounds" like the father may have claimed her as a dependent on his tax return. If so, then both you and the father received the CP87A notice. So one of y ou needs to "PROVE" to the IRS that you are qualified to claim your daughter as a dependent.
If it was not the child claiming herself then it was SOMEONE ELSE ... most likely someone you both know HOWEVER it could have been a complete stranger ...
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Since father & daughter both appear to have filed correct returns, my suggestion to the father at this point is to re-file his return on paper (assuming the original return was e-filed). This will result in a more detailed processing by the IRS and hopefully will resolve the problem.
can't say what's wrong. so the person to contact is the IRS Tax Advocate in your state.
see this link
click on the state in the map.
or you can use TT audit defense (fee)
My wife and i are married and file jointly. Our daughter is a full time student under 23. she works to make spending money and made less than $1,800. I claimed her as a dependent because I provide 100% of her support and she filed a claim, stating she was a dependent on someone else's claim, and so she is entitled to the less than $80 she paid in taxes.
The IRS phone rep says two people cannot claim the same SSN on their return, but the law allows me to claim her as I meet all the tests for a qualifying dependent and the law allows her to recover what she paid in taxes, stating in her return that someone else can claim her.
So I am at a loss here and do not know what to do next.
@mikewojo As mentioned by a previous poster, if you haven't been able to get things resolved with the IRS directly, you should contact the Taxpayer Advocate by clicking here: https://www.irs.gov/Advocate/The-Taxpayer-Advocate-Service-Is-Your-Voice-at-the-IRS . The Taxpayer Advocate is there to help you deal with the IRS when you are unable to get things straightened out on your own.
It sounds like your notice was specific enough that it requested that your daughter's return be amended. This would indicate that the return as processed by the IRS doesn't have the box checked that indicates your daughter can be claimed on another person's return. Even if you feel like the return was properly filed the first time, the best way to resolve this is to amend her return and send the amended tax return, form 1040X in to the address specified in your letter.
If your daughter prepared her return in TurboTax, click here for instructions on how to amend it.