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We filed our taxes - Then things got complicated!

January 24th, 2012 at 05:42 am

DW e-filed our taxes late yesterday morning. Then she checked the status of our e-file at around 9:00 last evening. She found out that our filing had been rejected. The reason for the rejection was that someone else had used DS1's name and SSN as a dependent. DS1 is our son whom we adopted last month.

Before DS1 came to us as a foster child last April, at least five different adult people probably had access to his SSN.

We provided care for him for 8 1/2 months in 2011. We meet all qualifications to claim him as a dependent.

I guess the bottom line is that this will slow our tax refund down substantially. We will need to now file the old fashioned way, and prove our case. While I was really counting on the money, it will eventually work its way out.

5 Responses to “We filed our taxes - Then things got complicated!”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Ugh! That is so frustrating.

    Usually whoever files first, wins. But this is a unique situation. It will take a LONG time to resolve this with the IRS just for fair warning. Of course, I would probably just send them a letter with some proof that you are the sole guardians. Send it with your tax return, and keep a copy because you will probably just get another notice about it. Whoever processes the actual tax return won't resolve it, so they will probably send you a notice. It literally might take a year to resolve this. If not longer. Their backlog is huge right now. I would be willing to help you out if you can't resolve it on your own. Just keep that in mind. (As a tax preparer I have a super secret hotline to resolve things like this).

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    P.S. Good lord, who files so early? People trying to scam the IRS I guess. Hard to believe someone beat you to it, is all. Not like you drug your feet.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Sounds like MM can help if it doesn't get resolved quick enough. I agree. Send in ASAP with as much documentation as you can or that is needed.

    Good luck!!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Exactly MM. When I worked at H&R, people came pouring in with kids' social security numbers trying to get that EIC -- it's several thousand dollars! One girl I tried to talk out of a refund anticipation loan (as I always tried, and failed, to do) got hers rejected because someone had already claimed the same dependent (I have no idea if she was the true caregiver or not). I still get anxiety pangs thinking about that, because she'd probably already spent the RAL money, which means she was on the hook to H&R for 125% interest rate or whatever it was. SO glad RALs are becoming illegal starting next year.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    No fair! This makes a crack in my heart. Frown I hope you can get it settled lickety-split.

    Come to think of it, I've heard of this happening to custodial parents in divorce, even when no child support was paid, the non-contributing parent claiming the tax benefits. So I guess the IRS is well-accustomed to reviewing such matters when there are conflicting claims. But you must have been expecting some adoption credit, too. Double whammy!

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