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destiniquedukes
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Does the non custodial parent need the child’s SSN to add deductions even though I have already filed him as my dependent?

I already filed my tax returns and now the non custodial parent is asking me for my son’s ssn because he says he needs it for his taxes to get deductions for things he has purchased for the baby. Does he need his SSN for deductions on his taxes?

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Does the non custodial parent need the child’s SSN to add deductions even though I have already filed him as my dependent?

No.  He does not get deductions for "things he has purchased for the baby."
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Hal_Al
Level 15

Does the non custodial parent need the child’s SSN to add deductions even though I have already filed him as my dependent?

No. 

If you (the custodial parent) claimed the child as a dependent, there is nothing the non-custodial parent can claim**.

The opposite is not true. If you allowed the non-custodial to claim the dependent, there are some things you (the custodial parent) could still claim.

 There is a special rule in the case of divorced & separated (including never married) parents. When the non-custodial parent is claiming the child as a dependent/exemption/child tax credit; the custodial parent is still allowed to claim the same child for Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status, and day care credit. This "splitting of the child" is not available to parents who lived together at any time during the last 6 months of the year; then only one of you can claim the child for any tax reasons. The tax benefits may not be split in any other manner.

Note in particular that the non-custodial parent can never claim the Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status or the day care credit, based on that child, even when the custodial parent has released the exemption to him.

 So, it's good idea to let the other parent know that you will be claiming those items, as many first time divorced parents are not aware of this rule and may try to claim those items, which will cause the IRS to send out letters.

Ref: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17#en_US_2017_publink1000170897

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** The non custodial parent could claim any medical expense he paid for the child, but only as an itemized deduction (highly unlikely) but would not need the child's SS#.

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