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Is there anyway you can prevent someone from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes?

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Is there anyway you can prevent someone from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes?

Postby otto » Thu May 30, 2013 12:42 pm

And putting life insurance on you?

I live with someone who claims me on their taxes but refuses to work during the summer. She works at elementary school cafeteria and of course they have summer breaks and usually this person I live with does not work but instead "saves" her income tax return in which includes the EIC credit and the American Opportunity Credits (credits she would not get if I did not live with her) and uses it for home expenses/personal expenses.... From what I've read the AOC tax credit is for the student to use for school expenses (im still in college).

Bottom line I just dont think its fair for her to collect all these tax credits but not work in the summer...and I dont see a dime of that AOC tax credit. What should I do?
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Postby zachaios » Fri May 31, 2013 1:33 am

If the person is legally entitled to claim you as a dependent, there is nothing you can do about it. The AOC is simply a tax credit and there is no law that indicates the credit must be used in a particular way. If she can claim you as a dependent, the EIC and AOC (regardless of how school is actually paid for) are hers and she is under no obligation to share it with you.
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Postby lucila69 » Fri May 31, 2013 4:57 am

to expand on prior responses --

you file own taxes. When you do so, you have to figure out the 50% of support test to determine if you may legally be claimed as a dependent on someone else's taxes. see instructions for details, but, in general, loans that you have to repay and Pell grants you receive, etc. count as support you provide. So does Medicaid if you're on it and social services received because of you [section 8, food stamps, etc.] [note: rent -- only the shared portion of the house can be claimed as support your mother provides, not half the total rent (unless your exclusive use area is the same size as hers, which I doubt). utilities -- if you are away at school much of the year, most of the utilities belong to her and her alone and are not shared.]

if you determine that you can not legally be claimed as a dependent because of the 50% of support test, you file your taxes as normal and IRS will handle the rest. If your mother can legally claim you as a dependent, there's nothing you can do about it.


as to the life insurance -- she can only do this if, under the insurance company's rules, she has an insurable interest in your life. Since she's your mother, that's true and there's nothing you can do about it [she's paying the money, after all.]
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Is there anyway you can prevent someone from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes?

Postby kerry29 » Fri May 31, 2013 5:09 am

NO NOT when they and you do meet all of the rules that each of you do have to meet for that taxpayer to qualify to claim you as a qualifying dependent on that taxpayers own 1040 FIT return during the tax filing season for the past tax year OK. And any REFUND amount does belong only to that taxpayer at that time of the tax filing season NONE of it belongs to you at all OK.
You do NOT mention any thing about you working and earning any amounts of income in your above enclosed information for this purpose and time in your life OK.
Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 05/18/2013
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Postby wokaihwokomas92 » Fri May 31, 2013 5:17 am

what is your relationship to her? you have to be directly related to her or placed in the home by a gov't agency to be a dependent
if this is not the case, an unrelated person would have to live in the household the ENTIRE year, not earn $3900, she provides more than 50% of your support and you cannot be claimed on the tax return of anyone else, including your own
the AOC credit is either a refund of some of the tuition, or a credit to reduce the gross income(thereby also reducing taxes)
the EIC credit is based on the income, and dependent children in the home
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Postby duardo » Fri May 31, 2013 5:26 am

File your own tax return. Claim the credits as your own.

Is said person (leech) paying for your education at all?
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