An amended return will take about 16 weeks to run through the system before the whole audit process begins so you’re basically adding 4 to 5 months to the timeline for solving this issue.
Second, filing a return and amending to add a child reduces your credibility with the IRS.
(11 pages for a straight EIC audit, 22 for an EIC and head of household audit, they’re the same questions it’s just that 22 pages is more intimidating.)Here’s the scary part, you’re going to get the same paperwork.
It is a little intimidating, but you’re expecting it.
The assumption is usually that it’s the ex, but that’s not always the case.
You can’t file an amended return until your first return is completely processed.
You’ll have the resources to prove that you’re the parent.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “I can’t prove I have custody of my kids,” then maybe you shouldn’t be filing for them.
Because you’re the custodial parent, that is your child lives with you, you can answer those questions with no problem.
People who shouldn’t be claiming your kids can’t answer the questions and that’s why you’ll win.
You absolutely must have had custody for over half of the year to even think of trying this.