My granddaughters social was used by someone to file there taxes and they have already gotten monies back how do i go about handling this situation it is identity theft
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sygriffi
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My granddaughters social was used by someone to file there taxes and they have already gotten monies back how do i go about handling this situation it is identity theft

 
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SweetieJean
Level 15

My granddaughters social was used by someone to file there taxes and they have already gotten monies back how do i go about handling this situation it is identity theft

If you are sure it is identity theft, also file a police report.
Kat
Level 15
Level 15

My granddaughters social was used by someone to file there taxes and they have already gotten monies back how do i go about handling this situation it is identity theft

So sorry!  Please see the TurboTax FAQ below for information on what you should do to report the identity theft.


"What to do if you suspect tax-related identity theft"

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3301430

*** I am NOT a tax expert. I am a seasoned TurboTax user, and volunteer to provide assistance to TT users. Nothing I post is to be considered TAX ADVICE; I bear no legal liability for responses.***
Hal_Al
Level 15

My granddaughters social was used by someone to file there taxes and they have already gotten monies back how do i go about handling this situation it is identity theft

There is an alternate way to handle it. You (or whomever is legally entitled to claim the child) just files a tax return, claiming the child. The IRS will straighten it out.

If this is a case of some other known person, claiming your  your child's tax exemption, rather than actual identity theft, the alternate should be used.

If someone else claimed your child inappropriately, and if they file first, your return will be rejected if e-filed. You would then need to file a return on paper, claiming the child as  appropriate. The IRS will process your return and send you your refund, in the normal time. Shortly (up to a year) thereafter, you'll receive a letter from the IRS, stating that your child was claimed on another return. It will tell you that if you made a mistake to file an amended return and if you didn't make a mistake to do nothing. The other party will get the same letter you did. If one of you doesn't file an amended return, unclaiming the child, the next letter, from the IRS, will require you to provide proof. Be sure to reply in a timely manner.

Winner gets the tax benefits; loser gets to pay the IRS back with penalties and interest.  The custodial parent almost always wins. The non-custodial parent can only claim the child as a dependent if the custodial parent gives permission (on form 8332) or if it's spelled out in a pre 2009 divorce decree.  

https://www.thebalance.com/claiming-same-dependent-audit-risk-3193030 

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