My grandaughter has lived with me and off and on goes to visit her mother. I finanacially support her. I always claim her in my taxes but I have been audited this whole time I never knew her mother was claiming her as well pretending that she lives with her. Now the IRS is telling me that the mother says that the
My grandaughter has lived with me and off and on goes to visit her mother. I finanacially support her. I always claim her in my taxes but I have been audited this whole time I never knew her mother was claiming her as well pretending that she lives with her. Now the IRS is telling me that the mother says that the child lives with her. which is a lie and fraud. What can I do?
The IRS already knows the mother is claiming she lived with the child. Your issue is to show that the child lived with you in order to claim her as a dependent.
Are you shown as the person with whom the child lives on any record, such as school, church, medical or government benefits? Can you get letters from any of these providers showing you and the child lived together for more than half of the year?
Support you provide is not a factor in determining who claims the child.
It sounds like you have committed tax fraud, not her mother. You are not the child's mother and I doubt that you are her legal guardian. Like you said, she lives with you on and off. That means VISITING. Overnight visits are still visits. If you want legal guardianship of the child and to include her on your taxes, go and do it legally, through the courts. Until then, it looks like the IRS is going to be revising your tax returns and you will owe a pile of money, plus interest, plus penalties and, very likely, you may be charged with fraud. It is foolish to assume that you can claim a grandchild on your taxes when her parent(s) is alive and the child is not with you legally nor 100 percent of the time, except for brief visits. You've been caught. Good luck with that.
You need to be able to prove that she lived with you. Does the school bus pick her up and drop her off at your house? Is your address listed as her address with the school? Get a letter from the school stating she lives with you. How about doctors visits? Get a letter from the doctor. Those will hold more weight with the IRS than what her mother says.
That allows IRS to have free sex unfortunately so keep you daughter's grandmother well away from them and lock the doors and try paying them back what is owed. Jails are not nice places.
Imagine what the IRS wife is going through she owed a lot.
What is there to report? They already know the two of you are claiming the same person as a dependent which is why you were contacted by them. You provide them with proof that she lives with you. Period. School records, medical records, whatever. `
And if this child continues to live with you then you might want to consider making it legal; e.g. applying to be appointed her legal guardian. Being a legal guardian doesn't necessarily mean that she lives with you but it can't hurt.
A person needs to provide "MORE" than 50% of the support to be eligible to take the deduction. Since both of you have been claiming the deduction you will both have to provide proper documentation. Only one will get the deduction and the other will have to pay back taxes. Ask the IRS what documents they need to support your claim. Good Luck
You don't have to report anybody. You just have to worry about your own taxes and filing them correctly. If the girl lived with you and you supported her then you are correct. You tell the IRS that the girl lived with you and your supported her. Provide them with what ever proof or detail they ask for regarding your taxes.
Respond to IRS correspondence with the facts.
you would have to show some proof that she lives with you, that would be school records, maybe doctor bills, possibly a statement by your landlord that he is aware the child lives with you
since you are not her mother it is more difficult for you to claim her when a bio parent is also claiming her
Ask them what they want to see for proof that she lives with you. Will probably want to see school records. How long last year did she spend with her mother?