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2013 income tax question?

Asked by: bellmont 388 views YA Discussion

I made $ 1,200 last year under the table. It was not reported. I have 2 children. I also received over $ 500 in child support towards the end of the year and $ 3000 in student loan overages, which covered a lot of my living expenses and a $ 2,500 CD.. My husband hardly ever covered things. Would it be possible to file separate from him and claim one child? If anyone deserves to claim me it should be my grandparents whom helped us so much last year.
Oops! 2012, not 2013
There is filing jointly and separately, I want to know if I would be allowed to do so. We have been in the process of a divorce

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  1. Jordin K on Feb 16, 2013 Reply

    If you guys are legally married, I don’t believe you can do that. Check with your CPA. They would know exactly what to do in your situation.

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  2. Matt P on Feb 16, 2013 Reply

    Ask an accountant.

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  3. card-ron on Feb 16, 2013 Reply

    You can file as married filing separately if you want, but doing so makes you ineligible for several credits, including the earned income credit.

    You do realize you are legally responsible for reporting that $ 1,200 made “under the table,” don’t you?

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  4. rtfm on Feb 16, 2013 Reply

    You can claim separately if you want to, but if you do, you will not be allowed to claim the EIC, so it seems pointless. You’ll be much better off filing as MFJ.

    Child support isn’t taxable income. And only the interest from a CD must be reported on your taxes.

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  5. Judy on Feb 16, 2013 Reply

    You are allowed to file as married filing separately. For your grandparents to claim you, they’d have to show that they provided over half of your total support, which is VERY unlikely.

    You could only claim one child on MFS if your husband agrees. And it wouldn’t get anything for you.

    You do owe tax on the “under the table” income, whether you file jointly or separately.

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