I accidentally checked that I couldn't be claimed as a dependent on my return, but my mom is claiming me. Will her return be rejected?
If you claimed yourself as a dependent and subsequently your parent claims you as well, the following will happen:
- Both you and your mother will receive identical notices from the IRS, and these notices will need to be responded to with proper documentation.
- If you filed before your mom, her return will be rejected from e-filing, meaning that it will need to be paper filed. A rejected federal return usually means that the state return will also be rejected, though not always.
- Whoever can be proven to have improperly taken the exemption could be subject to an audit by the IRS.
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Answered by: Michael G. Radich, CPA, MST, is managing shareholder with MGR CPA & Consultants PC in Pittsburgh, Pa.