Filing my own tax return a mistake?

I m under 21 and have been working a job the past year. I filed my own tax return via TurboTax and checked myself as able to be claimed as a by someone else. This upset my family, seeing as I believe they wanted to file them for me (/claim me), but doesn't what I checked mean they can still claim me? My refund

I m under 21 and have been working a job the past year. I filed my own tax return via TurboTax and checked myself as able to be claimed as a by someone else. This upset my family, seeing as I believe they wanted to file them for me (/claim me), but doesn't what I checked mean they can still claim me? My refund hasnt been received yet, but does this mean I shouldn't have filed my return?

Best Answer:

Fitz: No, it doesn't mean you made a mistake, it means your family doesn't understand how taxes work.

If you indicated on your return that someone else can claim you, then they will have no problem claiming you when they're ready to file their return.

for what its worth, their ability to claim you has nothing to do with what they "want" – you either meet the IRS rules for dependents or you don't, and nobody's opinion matters. At age 21 they can only claim you if you are a full time student OR if your income is below $4050. If neither of those things is true, then they cannot claim you no matter how bad they "want" to.

Other answer:

Fitz:
Maybe you should have not claimed your personal exemption.
Judy:
Yes they can still claim you. You did it right. Lots of people don't understand how it works. But another question – were you a full time student during at least 5 months in 2016? If not, and you made over 4050, they can't legally claim you. You can't giv them permission. If you werfe a ft student though, all is ok.
PoohBearPenguin:
Even if your parents can claim you as a dependent on their income tax forms, you are legally obligated to file your taxes as well.

If both returns claim you as a dependent, the machine at the IRS will flag both returns and contact both you and your parents to figure out what's going on.

Tj:
you both file, they can still take you as a dependent, as long as they support you also.
Cathi K:
You did it right.
yeywysudu:
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