How do I report someone illegally claiming my children on their income tax return to the IRS?

A friend of my sister’s stole my children’s information and illegally claimed my children on her income Tax Return. I want to know how do I report this to the IRS? Someone told me tht I needed to complete a form.

The only thing you can do is file you taxes by mail claiming your children.

If someone else has claimed them as well, the IRS will send both parties a letter asking both of you to drop your claim if if you aren’t intitled to it. If both parties continue to assert the claim, the IRS will investigate and determine who gets the exemption. The losing party will have to pay the extra taxes plus interest and potential penalties. In this case, the IRS may also pursue fraud charges. However, since tax returns are confidential, the IRS will not tell you who the other person is who claimed your children as dependents.

7 thoughts on “How do I report someone illegally claiming my children on their income tax return to the IRS?

  1. File your own tax return, send it in by mail. The IRS computer will see the duplicate SSNs in the system and generate mail to resolve it.
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  2. You have to call the IRS. There is a telephone number to report to on the website.
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  3. Wow, that friend must be really stupid!!! Call the I.R.S.- you will have to file by mail this year. Claim your kids as always- you will still receive whatever refund you would have gotten. Hopefully the friend of your sisters will Rot in Federal Prison! That’s pretty low down!
    Good luck!
    By the way, keep your kids info somewhere safer!
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  4. Happens ALL the time…
    You need to send in your tax return (cannot electronically file)
    The IRS will send forms to both of you – so you both get a chance to prove that you have the right to claim the children.

    The winner will be the person with custody and lives in the school district where they attend school

    The loser will be denied Earned Income Credit forever!!!
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  5. The quickest way to resolve the issue is to file a paper return with a letter explaining the circumstances and all the documentation that you have to prove that the children are your rightful dependents. You would be wasting your time to e-file because the return would be rejected with a code confirming what you already know. Calling the IRS will do "nothing" other than confirm what you already seem to know.
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  6. The only thing you can do is file you taxes by mail claiming your children.

    If someone else has claimed them as well, the IRS will send both parties a letter asking both of you to drop your claim if if you aren’t intitled to it. If both parties continue to assert the claim, the IRS will investigate and determine who gets the exemption. The losing party will have to pay the extra taxes plus interest and potential penalties. In this case, the IRS may also pursue fraud charges. However, since tax returns are confidential, the IRS will not tell you who the other person is who claimed your children as dependents.
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  7. I am dealing with a similar issue. I went to file at H&R block and they told me the IRS wouldn’t accept my return because I had already been claimed as a dependent. I found out later it was my boyfriends mom! she found my social on a copy of my lease! I was outraged especially since I had just had a baby and desperately needed the return. she took money from her own grandson. I thought surely she would get in trouble for this but, no. I have to mail on my return which will take so long and all she will get is a small penalty and fee. come to find out, she gets away with it because so many people do this. she also claimed her kids who both lived with me. I didn’t claim them although I could have but she is greedy and thinks she isn’t doing anything wrong. BECAUSE THEY GET AWAY WITH IT! there should be more consequences to this! it is not fair to me and my family. I’m sure that she will try and use my social for other things now that she knows she won’t go to jail.

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