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When you go to do your taxes, what would happen if someone who has filed before you claimed you as a dependent?

Will you not be allowed to file if someone else claimed you on their taxes? I just want to know what would happen.

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  • 2 months ago

    You can file on paper and let the IRS sort it out, assuming you are not actually a dependent. An efile would be rejected due tot he SSN already being filed.

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  • 2 months ago

    You would still be able to file on paper, by mail. You would not be able to file electronically/online.

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  • Shay
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If you think the person should not have claimed you - you have to fill out your return and send it by mail.  The IRS will decide who is right.

    If you think the person had the legal right to claim  you - you can still file your tax return.  You mark that someone else claimed you as a dependent.  If you do this - you can also still e-file the return instead of mailing it.   

    You might still get a refund of any taxes  you overpaid - but the amount MIGHT be less because of being claimed by someone else.   Being someone's dependent changes how your standard deduction works and that changes the amount of taxes you owe which might reduce your refund.

    BTW - if you were a full time student for at least five months of last year and under the age of 24 or if you was under the age of 19 last year and you lived with your parents - they probably do have the right to claim you as a dependent.  If you still feel they didn't have the right to claim  you but you were a student or were under 19 - you would need to be able to prove you proved 51% of  your own support.  

    If you post your age and post who claimed you - someone might be able to give you a better idea of if they could claim you.  

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    you can't efile it and claim yourself. Mail it in.

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  • 2 months ago

    You file a paper report with an explanation stating as much as you know, and wait for the IRS to sort it out.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you actually are their dependent, and you indicate on your return that someone else can claim you, then you can file your own return and it will go through with no problems.

    If you are NOT their dependent (meaning their claim on you was incorrect), then you would be blocked from filing electronically. You can file by mailing a paper return which will automatically trigger an investigation to sort out the duplicate claim. If the IRS agrees that you are not a dependent they'll process your return and send a bill to the other person demanding repayment of any excess refund they got by claiming you.

    If the IRS agrees with the other person (that you really are their dependent), then the IRS will reprocess your return as being a dependent and either send you a bill or your refund depending how the numbers work out.

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  • 2 months ago

    You will not be able to file ELECTRONICALLY. You must file a paper return. The IRS will investigate both claims and decides who is correct.

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  • 2 months ago

    Only one person can claim you. You can still file but can't claim yourself if your parents supported you. The refund goes to the first person then they send both of you a notice to prove who had the legal right to claim you. Whichever one did keeps the refund. Normally if you are young & lived with your parents during 2019 they are the ones who paid more than half of your support & would be able to claim you.

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  • 2 months ago

    The law decides whether or not you qualify as the other person's dependent.  You, nor them, get to choose.

    - If you do qualify as someone else's dependent, mark the correct spot on your return and file as normal.

    - If you do not qualify as someone else's dependent but someone has claimed you already, you will have to mail your return in.

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  • Dze
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    if they messed you up intentionally you could take them to court and sue their little as off ..

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      True, although you'd first have to exhaust your administrative solutions with the IRS.

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