Most of the time, this rejection occurs when you try to claim an exemption for yourself after somebody else, usually a parent, has already claimed you as a dependent.
Less commonly, you can get rejected with IND-516-01 if you entered your Social Security number incorrectly or if somebody filed a fraudulent return using your Social Security number for their fake dependent.
If you got an e-file reject on or after the April 15, 2020 deadline, and you owe taxes, see these instructions instead .
Here's what to do
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