DPSS (Medicare) and taxes
Person 1 wants to file the child's SSN as a dependent for taxes. Since he paid for most of the child's expenses.
Question : Can DPSS look over California or Federal taxes and see child's SSN in tax form and claim person 1 committed fraud and ask for Medicare money to be reimbursed?
2 attorney answers
I think person 1 should just file his/her tax return to claim whatever deductions are legally permissible and let person 2 worry about the consequences (if any). In your question, person 1 is financially supporting a child and is apparently not making any public assistance applications, so unless there are other relevant facts that you've left out, I don't see where person 1 has any kind of risk of being accused of fraud. Of course to support the deduction, person 1 should have good documentation. By the way, I doubt that the child receives Medicare, it is most likely a Medicaid benefit at issue. If this person 1 is a parent, then it is highly likely that the state would be seeking child support anyway, and so the day will probably eventually come when person 1's financial contributions would come to light under any scenario.
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Since person 1 is not the person that has applied for welfare, I am not really seeing where person 1 can be accused of fraud. Person 2, on the other hand, may be misrepresenting both his/her income (household, in kind, or other) and living arrangement and may be charged.
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