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E-file rejection errors F1040A-510, F1040EZ-510, F1040A-512, and others ending in -509, -510, -512, or -513

How to fix an e-filed return that was rejected with one of these errors:

  • F1040A-510: Your Social Security number has been used as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.
  • F1040EZ-510: Your Social Security number has been used as a dependent on someone else's tax return.
  • F1040A-512: Your dependent's Social Security number (SSN) cannot be used to claim an exemption on two separate tax returns. You claimed a dependent as an exemption on your tax return, but this dependent has also filed their own tax return claiming a personal exemption.
  • IND-509: Spouse SSN in the Return must not equal a Dependent SSN on this tax return or on another tax return.
  • IND-512: Each Dependent's SSN on this return must not match the Spouse SSN on this return or another return.
  • F1040-510: Your Social Security number has been used as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.
  • F1040-512: A dependent has claimed a personal exemption on another return (according to returns the IRS has already received).
  • F1040A-513: If Form 1040A, Line 6b checkbox is checked, then Spouse SSN in the Return must not be the same as a Primary SSN or a Dependent SSN on another tax return.

These rejections usually occur when a parent has already claimed you or your spouse as a dependent, or when the dependent you are trying to claim has already filed their own return.

Less commonly, this can also occur if the taxpayer or dependent's information was entered incorrectly.

Try This First (Recommended)

Get the Social Security cards for everybody on your return – you, your spouse, and all dependents. Then, follow these steps to make sure the information was entered correctly:

  1. Open your return in TurboTax, and then click Personal Info.
  2. Continue until you reach the Your Personal Info Summary screen.
  3. Make sure that the Social Security number for you (and your spouse, if filing jointly) exactly match the information on your card(s).
    • If the information is wrong, click the Edit button and make the corrections on the next screen.
    • Continue until you're back at the Your Personal Info Summary screen.
  4. If you have any dependents, scroll down and click Edit next to the dependents section. (Otherwise, skip to Step 5.)
    1. Click Edit next to the first dependent listed on the Your Children and Others You Support screen.
    2. Proceed through the interview, making sure that the dependent's Social Security number exactly matches the information on their card.
    3. If the information is wrong, correct it.
    4. Continue until you're back at the Your Children and Others You Support screen.
    5. Repeat Steps b-d for any additional dependents. When finished, click Done.
  5. Click the Done with Personal Info button at the bottom of the Your Personal Info Summary screen.

If you corrected any Social Security numbers, e-file your return again.

Otherwise, if you verified that all Social Security numbers were entered correctly, proceed to Other Options, below.

Other Options

If you verified that you entered everybody's Social Security correctly, you can be certain that another taxpayer (parent or grandparent) has already claimed you or your spouse as a dependent on their return, or the dependent you are trying to claim (college-age student, newlywed son or daughter, etc.), has already claimed an exemption on their return.

At this point, you can either remove the exemption or the dependent so you can e-file, or leave everything as is and file a paper return. The IRS won't let you e-file if you try to claim someone who has already claimed themselves or has been claimed on another return.

To remove the exemption for yourself or your spouse (i.e., someone else already claimed you or your spouse):

  1. Open your return in TurboTax, and then click Personal Info.
  2. Continue until you reach the Your Personal Info Summary screen.
  3. Click the Edit button next to the taxpayer for whom you want to remove the exemption (you or your spouse).
  4. On the next screen, select the checkbox Someone else can claim [Name] on their tax return
  5. Choose Someone will claim me in 2013 and click Continue.
  6. Back on the Your Personal Info Summary screen, click Done with Personal Info at the bottom, and then e-file your return again.

To remove a dependent (i.e., your dependent already claimed themselves as an exemption):

  1. Open your return in TurboTax, and then click Personal Info.
  2. Continue until you reach the Your Personal Info Summary screen.
  3. Next to the dependents section (you may need to scroll down), click Edit.
  4. Proceed to the Your Children and Others You Support screen. You may have to go through several screens to get there.
  5. On that screen, click Delete next to the dependent you want to remove, and then click Yes to confirm.
  6. Click Done. Back on the Your Personal Info Summary screen, click Done with Personal Info at the bottom, and then e-file your return again.

If you decided to leave your return unchanged and file a paper return, the IRS will eventually contact you and the other taxpayer to resolve the duplicate usage.

After the dust settles, one of you will be required to repay any additional taxes, plus penalties and interest, that were attributed to the duplicate claim. That person will also need to file an amended return.


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