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t-a-elsea052009
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Why would my kids be marked as exemptions on my 2020 tax return?

My wife got unemployment in 2020 and that was the only income we had. When looking through our tax return my wife noticed that the was a check under all of our kids that marked them as exemptions. There was nothing on the line for the ctc on or tax forms.
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Critter-3
Level 15

Why would my kids be marked as exemptions on my 2020 tax return?

Ok ...  the dependents are either marked as "qualified for CTC"  or  "credit for other dep" depending on their age.  Even though there are no dependent exemptions from 2018 to 2025 they still are eligible for one of the credits  even it you don't get them.  

 

Now to get the CTC you had to have earned income which unemployment is not  ... and to get the other credit you had to have federal taxes to negate which you also may not have.   

 

So did you have earned income on the 2019 return ?   If so in the EIC or CTC section you had the option to use the "lookback" function to see if you qualify for either of these credits on the 2020 return using the 2019 information.  

 

child born CTC form 1040.jpg

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Critter-3
Level 15

Why would my kids be marked as exemptions on my 2020 tax return?

Ok ...  the dependents are either marked as "qualified for CTC"  or  "credit for other dep" depending on their age.  Even though there are no dependent exemptions from 2018 to 2025 they still are eligible for one of the credits  even it you don't get them.  

 

Now to get the CTC you had to have earned income which unemployment is not  ... and to get the other credit you had to have federal taxes to negate which you also may not have.   

 

So did you have earned income on the 2019 return ?   If so in the EIC or CTC section you had the option to use the "lookback" function to see if you qualify for either of these credits on the 2020 return using the 2019 information.  

 

child born CTC form 1040.jpg

AmeliesUncle
Level 13

Why would my kids be marked as exemptions on my 2020 tax return?

Maybe they fixed it (but maybe not), but I seem to recall that TurboTax was NOT prompting people for the lookback provision when there was currently $0 of earned income.

 

So *IF* that is still the case, I'm not sure how you would access that (unless you are using the CD/downloaded version).

 

t-a-elsea052009
New Member

Why would my kids be marked as exemptions on my 2020 tax return?

My wife worked in 2019 so we did have earned income then.

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