There are rules as to who can claim a child as a dependent.
Normally it is the custodial parent, which means the parent the child lives with for more that 6 months, that is allowed to claim the child as their dependent.
The IRS does not always stop someone from claiming a dependent, but if it was claimed in error, the IRS can insist that taxpayer amend their return and give the child's exemption to the proper person.
If you feel that you should be allowed to claim this child, you would need to paper file your return and mail it.
If the child's exemption has been claimed, the IRS will send you a letter and you may initiate an investigation.
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