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A child can only be a qualifying child of one taxpayer. When it comes to parents, the parent with whom the child lived the longest during the tax year can generally claim the child minus an agreement stating otherwise. If your child's father has already filed and claimed her on his tax return and your child lived with you more than she lived with him, you will need to print your return and mail it in order to claim her on your return. If he has already claimed her, your return will be rejected electronically for a duplicate dependent social security number. If he has NOT yet filed his return claiming her, you can still e-file your return.
If both of you file returns claiming her, the IRS will use the Tie Breaker Rules listed in this link to determine who will actually get the credits and deductions for the child being claimed by both parents.
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