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I am getting ready to file my taxes and I just recently

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Hi. I am getting ready to file my taxes and I just recently found out that my kids father secretly claimed our son on his taxes. Our son lived with me solely for 10 and a half months out of the year and we both moved in with his father towards the end of the year in which I helped with bills and still was the primary caretaker. I currently receive financial aid for school which I’m worried it’s going to get taken away from me if I’m not able to claim him. Is there anything I can do or is it too late?
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Tax
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Expert:  Chad EA, CDFA®, CFP® replied 7 months ago.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Okay thank you.
Expert:  Chad EA, CDFA®, CFP® replied 7 months ago.

You may claim your son if your were the custodial parent.

Generally, the custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the longer period of time during the year.

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You will however have to mail your return in. The return will be processed as normal. Within a year or a little longer, both you and your child father will receive a notice from the IRS concerning the dual reporting.

If neither of you amend your taxes, the IRS will request that you provide proof that you were the custodial parent of the dependent.

Expert:  Chad EA, CDFA®, CFP® replied 7 months ago.

The IRS will determine which tax payer gets to keep their refund and which must pay it back along with interest and possible penalties. The parent that the child lived with the majority of the year will almost always win.

Please let me know if this has answered your question or if you have any additional questions.

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