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Old 01-22-2008, 07:51 PM
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Help...help...help...

Hello there to all. I need to file some previous years tax returns. In doing so, I would like to(and qualify per IRS guidelines) to claim my daughter as a dependant and use Head of household status. Here is the problem, I am not in any kind of speaking terms/trust with my daughters mother and i would like to find out if/what years the mother claimed daughter, so as I do not "double-claim" her and cause problems. I tried to go through IRS, but recieved "confidentiality problems....". All I want is a "yes or no" type answer
to specific years. Anyone know how to do this? Is there a IRS form? Do I need to attain a lawyer to have information petitioned? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. If more info is needed to clarify, just ask!!!
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:52 AM
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I am afraid that you really won't get any luck with any IRS agency due to the strict confidentiality rule.

The only 2 choices that I can see are one that you should consider having your lawyer directly contact her lawyer and getting the information that you need.

Alternatively, you could claim the daughter on your tax return and then let the chips fall where they can, and this would force your ex to discuss with you who should be claiming this deduction. If you do not get a notice from the IRS, then you know your Ex may not have be claiming the daughter as a dependent. And, if you do get a notice disallowing the dependency claim on your tax return, you will know that the the ex has has been claiming the daughter!

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