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sw22
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I'm in college & a dependent of my parents but if I file my own taxes separately next year and say I'm a dependent, they won't be notified that I have a job, correct?

I'm 18+ & a dependent of my parents but I don't want my parents to find out I have a job when I file my taxes next year (nothing shady, they just want me to focus on school solely but I want some pocket money).  If I file my own taxes and say I'm a dependent (I understand I will have less of a refund, but willing to do this so my parents don't find out I have a job), they won't find out that I have a job, correct? No one will notify them?

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CarolynM
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I'm in college & a dependent of my parents but if I file my own taxes separately next year and say I'm a dependent, they won't be notified that I have a job, correct?

They will never be notified. Even though they are your parents, it is a violation of your privacy to share the details of your tax return with them.

If you do not mark "someone else can claim me as a dependent," and they are still claiming you, they will be notified that your SSN has been used on another return and it will reject their tax return if they e-file. However, they will never know more than that. 

As long as you indicate they are claiming you, they will NEVER know anything.

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CarolynM
Level 1

I'm in college & a dependent of my parents but if I file my own taxes separately next year and say I'm a dependent, they won't be notified that I have a job, correct?

They will never be notified. Even though they are your parents, it is a violation of your privacy to share the details of your tax return with them.

If you do not mark "someone else can claim me as a dependent," and they are still claiming you, they will be notified that your SSN has been used on another return and it will reject their tax return if they e-file. However, they will never know more than that. 

As long as you indicate they are claiming you, they will NEVER know anything.

sw22
New Member

I'm in college & a dependent of my parents but if I file my own taxes separately next year and say I'm a dependent, they won't be notified that I have a job, correct?

Thanks so much, this was really helpful.
k1210081
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I'm in college & a dependent of my parents but if I file my own taxes separately next year and say I'm a dependent, they won't be notified that I have a job, correct?

so what form should you fill? 1040EZ or anything else?
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