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What do I do if someone claimed me as a dependent without permission?

What do I do if someone claimed me as a dependent without permission?

If you know who improperly claimed you or your dependent, you can ask them to file an amended return to fix the problem. This process takes time, though. You’ll still likely need to paper file your tax return to get it in on time.

What is considered a false dependent?

IRS dependent fraud occurs when you knowingly claim someone as a dependent on your federal income tax return who does not qualify for that designation. People commit dependent fraud to reduce their taxes, which makes it a form of tax evasion. Tax evasion is a felony with potentially severe criminal penalties.

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Can the IRS tell you who claimed you?

If so, you need to know the IRS is prohibited from telling you who claimed your dependent(s). Due to federal privacy laws, the IRS can only disclose the return information if the victim’s name and SSN are listed as either the primary or secondary taxpayer on the fraudulent return.

Can you anonymously report someone to the IRS?

Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), if you want to report, confidentially, misconduct, waste, fraud, or abuse by an IRS employee or a Tax Professional, you can call 1-800-366-4484 (1-800-877-8339 for TTY/TDD users). You can remain anonymous.

What happens if someone lies on their taxes?

Criminal charges are possible Besides potentially owing thousands in IRS penalties, fees, and interest, you could also face criminal charges. “Tax fraud is a felony and punishable by up to five years in prison,” said Zimmelman.

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How do I fix identity theft with the IRS?

If you did not receive an IRS notice but believe you’ve been the victim of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 right away so we can take steps to secure your tax account and match your SSN or ITIN. Also, fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039 PDF.

What happens when non custodial parent claims child on taxes?

The non-custodial parent can claim the child as a dependent if the custodial parent agrees not to on their own tax return. However, you must obtain a signed IRS Form 8332 or similar written document from the custodial parent allowing you to do so.

How do you get someone audited by the IRS?

Use Form 3949-A, Information Referral PDF if you suspect an individual or a business is not complying with the tax laws. Don’t use this form if you want to report a tax preparer or an abusive tax scheme. We will keep your identity confidential when you file a tax fraud report.