How can I find out who has filed my daughter without my consent on their income taxes.?

I went to file my taxes and I was told that someone had already filed my daughter on their taxes so I cant file her. I found out when i tried to do it online. What process should I do to fix this?
Who ever has filed her is not a family member and i have no idea who it could be. She’s only 12 and she lives with me.

You can’t find out who did. The IRS has the info but isn’t allowed to tell you who it was.

What you need to do is mail in your return rather than efiling – you can’t efile since someone else already claimed her. You and the other person will then each receive a letter from the IRS telling you that two people claimed the same person, and saying that whoever didn’t have the right to the claim needs to file an amended return dropping the claim – then if nobody does, they’ll investigate and decide who gets the exemption. The other person will have to pay back whatever they got by making the claim they weren’t entitled to, with interest and possible penalties.

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  1. irongrama says:

    File your return on paper. The IRS will ask each person who claimed your daughter for proof. You will win if you are the one entitled to claim her. It could just be an incorrect Social Security number, on your part or the other party. Check to be sure the number is correct, as well as the exact name used on the social security card, ie middle initial etc.
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  2. heyteach says:

    Are you divorced? Was it her father?
    If not, then is she living with anyone?
    Is she old enough to file for herself and did so?

    Check out if it’s them. If not, then I suspect we could be looking at identity theft of your daughter’s social security number. That’s going to be some fun, but probably you should start the process of reporting the suspected theft (after you check on the prior options), file without her, then be prepared to file an amended return when they figure out who stole her ID IF that is what happened.

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/
    if it is ID theft–but check likely options first.

    Oh and print out the info you got when you tried to file her so that you can show why you did what you did. Or file via mail and enclose a copy of that documentation.
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  3. Judy says:

    You can’t find out who did. The IRS has the info but isn’t allowed to tell you who it was.

    What you need to do is mail in your return rather than efiling – you can’t efile since someone else already claimed her. You and the other person will then each receive a letter from the IRS telling you that two people claimed the same person, and saying that whoever didn’t have the right to the claim needs to file an amended return dropping the claim – then if nobody does, they’ll investigate and decide who gets the exemption. The other person will have to pay back whatever they got by making the claim they weren’t entitled to, with interest and possible penalties.
    References :

  4. WallBaker says:

    Report it to the IRS. The other person will have to prove they provided more than 50% of her support. My guess would be that someone has mistyped a social security number that is close to hers.

    The IRS will fix it.
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