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Dependant has been wrongfully claimed

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Dependant has been wrongfully claimed

Are you trying to claim a dependent and received a rejection message that your dependent has already been claimed by someone else?
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Dependant has been wrongfully claimed

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Dependant has been wrongfully claimed

In a situation such as yours, where someone else has already filed their tax return claiming your child, the IRS may give them the deduction since their return was processed first. The only option would be to claim your child and paper-file your tax return by printing, signing, dating and mail out your return. The IRS will probably investigate who really should be getting the deduction. At that point, they will make a decision based on the criteria below, and the taxpayer who incorrectly claimed the dependent will be assessed any additional taxes and penalties, and required to file an amended return.  If you would like to call the IRS and report this, their number is 1 (800) 829-1040, but they probably will tell you exactly what I have told you.

A parent may claim their child if they meet either the qualifying child or qualifying relative test as outlined below:

Qualifying Child

These 5 tests (all of them), will qualify a child as a dependent:

  • Relationship: They must be your child, adopted child, foster-child, brother or sister, or a descendant of one of these (grand or nephew).
  • Residence: They had to live with you in the same residence for more than half the year. Being away at school is considered as living at home. 
  • Age: Must be under age 19 or under 24 and a full-time student for at least 5 months of the year. They can be any age if they are totally and permanently disabled.
  • Support: child did not provide more than half of their own support during the year.
  • Joint Support: The child cannot file a joint return for the year.


Qualifying Relative

These 4 tests (all of them) will qualify a relative as a dependent:

  • Not Qualifying Child: They are not your or another taxpayer’s “qualifying child” 
  • Gross Income: Dependent has to earn less than $4,050 in 2016.
  • Total Support: You provide more than half of the total support for the year.
  • Member of Household or Relationship: The person (a friend, girlfriend, non blood relative) must live with you all year as a member of your household or be one of the relatives that doesn’t have to live with you (mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, stepmother, stepfather, your child, stepchild, foster child, adopted child, etc) Note: this list is not all inclusive.
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