How Can I Stop Someone from Using My Dependent's Information for Tax Purposes?

How can I Stop Someone from Using my Dependent's Information for Tax Purposes?

If someone used your dependent’s information to file a return before you, your return will be rejected.

The IRS will not tell you who claimed your dependent, but typically it’s an ex-spouse.If you believe your child has been a victim of identity theft, visit

If you don’t believe the other person had the right to file your child as a dependent, it’s important to follow these steps:

  • File a paper return
  • Ensure all your documents are in order proving your child is YOUR dependent, such as; school records on the letterhead of said school, medical records, day care records, etc.
  • If the IRS contacts you, reply to the notice received.

About two months after filing your return, the IRS will begin a review of your return, who should file the dependent, etc.Throughout this process, you will receive notices with updates.If you have any questions along the way, you can call 1-800-829-1040

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