It still is slow, but much faster than going through an audit. (Please, don’t even think of trying this if your ex is dangerous.Safety first.)Finding out that someone else has claimed your child for taxes can be shocking and financially devastating.
If you’re a grandparent, step parent, aunt or uncle; and the person who claimed the child is the actual parent, you don’t stand much of a chance.
Once you’ve determined that you are in the right and that you are entitled to claim your child, then what you need to do is print out, sign and mail that rejected return to the IRS —keeping your child as your dependent on the tax return. They have to look at it and it’s going to throw whoever claimed your child into an audit.
If an Earned Income Tax Credit is involved then those audit papers generally run 11 to 22 pages long.
Hint: if your answer is “I’ve raised her like my own.” You’re going to have trouble winning.
If you had custody all year you have a much better shot of winning.
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.