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Jshel1409
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Made a mistake when claiming my child

Hey I recently got a letter from the irs stating I didn’t get my full refund when I went to irs.org it shows I received no credit for my child how do I amend this to receive my full refund. 

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AnthonyC CPA
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Made a mistake when claiming my child

You can amend your tax return and claim your child as a dependent if they qualify.   If you use TurboTax you can look for Amend my return.  The form to file is 1040 X.  Some criteria to see if your child qualifies as a dependent are below:

 

Dependent taxpayer test: The taxpayer, or spouse of the taxpayer if filing jointly, cannot be eligible to be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.

 

Married Filing Jointly test: If you file a joint return with your spouse, you cannot be treated as a dependent. (This rule does not apply if the joint return was filed only as a claim for refund and no tax liability would exist for either spouse if they had filed separate returns).

 

Citizen or resident test: The person claimed as a dependent must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. resident alien, or a resident of Canada or Mexico. An adopted child that lived with the taxpayer all year passes this test if the taxpayer is a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.

 

Qualifying Child

In addition to the above, you must be able to answer "yes" to all of the following questions to claim an exemption for your child.

 

Relationship test: The child must be the taxpayer’s son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of these, such as the taxpayer’s grandchild, niece, or nephew.

 

Residency test: The child must have lived with the taxpayer for more than half of 2021.

  • Temporary absences (e.g., school, vacation, business, medical care, military services, or detention in a juvenile facility) are considered as time living with the taxpayer.
  • Exceptions apply under the rules for children of divorced or separated parents. See IRS Publication 501 for details.

 

 Age test: The child must be

• Under age 19 at the end of the tax year and younger than the taxpayer (or spouse), or

• Under age 24 at the end of 2021, a full-time student for any part of five calendar months during the tax year, and younger than the taxpayer (or spouse), or

 Permanently and totally disabled at any age

 

Support Test: The child cannot have provided more than 1/2 of his/her own support during the tax year. Welfare, TANF, and scholarships received by the child are not considered support.

 

Hope this helps!

AnthonyC_CPA

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