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What can I do if someone falsely claimed me as a dependant on their taxes?

Calumet City, IL |
Filed under: Tax law

I went to file my taxes for me an my neice and they didn't say anything till I called the next day an they told me someone already claimed me.. I don't know who did but I lived on my own since january 2011 till current.. what do I do? I need my money

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Send in a paper return. If you file your own return, this will supercede anybody that claims you as a dependent. They will take it away from the person that claimed you.

Christopher Larson
Insight Law

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Send in you own return. Since someone already claimed you, you will not be able to efile and will need to file a paper return. The IRS will take care of the rest.

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