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Irs is holding my refund?

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My 15 year old cuz stayed with me for 7 months until I moved her mom let me file her now the IRS are holding my refund how can I prove she stayed with me because I have no school records because the school was right across the street from where I live plus she 15 can her get a letter norized or send something in


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  1. David Ames on Feb 10, 2013 Reply

    If mom claimed the refund, you are oout of luck

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  2. Resident Heretic on Feb 10, 2013 Reply

    If you were not her legal guardian, you legally should not have claimed her as a dependent.

    I think you should read this:
    http://taxes.about.com/od/dependents/a/Dependents_2.htm

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  3. card-ron on Feb 10, 2013 Reply

    A cousin does not meet the relationship test for being a qualifying child. Since she was not a qualifying child, she would have to live with you for the entire year to be a qualifying relative. Since she doesn’t meet either qualification, she is not your dependent according to the tax code.

    Her mom cannot “let” you file her as a dependent. You claimed your cousin illegally.

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  4. MomWriterStudentSuperHero on Feb 10, 2013 Reply

    Unfortunately everybody is right. They’ve gotten really strict on dependents this year.

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  5. Quick Answers on Feb 10, 2013 Reply

    You need to respond to the notice and admit she is your cousin.

    A cousin is NOT going to qualify you for a refund since they have to live with you all year and you admit she didn’t.

    And, btw, her mom can’t “let” you do something illegal.

    If you are lucky, the IRS simply fixes the return. If you lied and said she was your sister or niece and tried to claim EIC, you may find you are banned from claiming EIC for 10 years.

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