Dear Quentin, My husband and I took custody of our 7-year-old granddaughter in August 2019 and finalized the adoption in 2020. We did not claim her as a dependent in 2019 because she lived with her mother for more than half of that time. year.
“Claiming false deductions is tax evasion and is considered a felony. Your daughter files her taxes under penalty of perjury. ”
Claiming false deductions is tax evasion and is considered a felony. Your daughter, like everyone else, files her taxes under penalty of perjury. “However, the IRS will only consider alleging malicious dependent fraud if the taxpayer has proven willful. Without intent, the crime is considered negligence. There are still penalties for negligence; it is your responsibility to know the rules, but it is not a crime, ”according to Communitytax.com. If you think your daughter claimed money that was not hers to claim in 2020? You can complete a refund tracking or Form 3911 and / or choose a taxpayer advocacy service that has remote workers in law schools working to help people in situations like this, and legal aid. If you hadn’t become your granddaughter’s legal guardian until last year, it can be a tough case. You need to weigh the hassle of pursuing this against your happiness and that of your granddaughter. Ultimately, she is the mother of his granddaughter, so causing her more trouble, whether she deserves it or not, can only end up hurting her family. Hello MarketWatchers. Check out Moneyist’s private Facebook group, where we search for answers to life’s thorniest money problems. Readers write to me with all kinds of dilemmas. Post your questions, tell me what you want to know more about, or comment on the latest Moneyist columns. By submitting your story to Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of MarketWatch, you understand and agree that we may use your story, or versions of it, on all media and platforms, including third parties.