If my daughter still lives at home & she files her taxes as her own dependent and her college can?

we (here Parents) still claim her and get money back? We had someone else file our taxes this yr and they told us that she would get more money back all together if she filled single and her college. Well my daughter already got her big check in the mail for around 800 and I got a letter from the IRS, that there was some typos and a check only for 63 dollars and we owe the federal 186. Is there anyway we can still claim our daughter since she still lives at home? Will we get more money back?? Im so stressed out. Anything will help!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You cannot claim your daughter simply because she lives with you. Obviously she works and supports herself which is why she files her own taxes. She is legally on her own regardless of her address. Maybe you need to revise your w-4 so they take more out of your paycheck so that you won't owe more next year.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If she lives with you and you pay more than 50 percent of her living expenses you can claim her, no matter how old she is. It sounds like the person who did your taxes wasn't telling you that you couldn't but that this way was better. This way she's probably getting more than she paid in last year, after her tuition credit, but you lost a dependent. You can fill out your tax returns both ways and file the way that works out best for everybody. I certainly hope that she's going to help you out, since she's gotten back some of what you paid in!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not a tax expert, but I was a college student. It will be benificial to you and your husband to claim her as a dependant for your financial sakes. But, for her, it's better if she claims herself. She can get more money back, plus, and this is a big one, she can get much more financial aid if she's responsible, in the eyes of the IRS, for her own finances (since she probably doesn't make much money right now.) If you and your husband don't make a lot of money, or if her tuition is cheap, then I would say you guys claim her. But, for her future, I would suggest she claim herself and get that break on her tuition. I have $60,000 in student loan debt because I didn't get much help. It's terrible!

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  • 1 decade ago

    However, if you file again with her as a dependent, then she will also have to pay back some of the return which she received this year... because she filed that no one can claim her as a dependent when she filed!

    Also, check out the below website to see how you can get your filing expenses paid for this year!

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  • Beth
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    1 decade ago

    My guess is she claimed herself and got an education credit, resulting in her large check. I too am a college student, and I did this very same thing this year, and got a huge check back.

    Either she can claim herself or you can claim her...it can only be one or the other, not both. So I guess the question you should ask yourself is who needs the money the most? You or her? Because you can't both claim her. Decisions decisions...

    Source(s): College student who has done this before
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  • 1 decade ago

    If this helps I am still in college and my mom continues to claim me because she supports me. I never filed single. I think that she was told that she can claim me and my sister as long as we stay in school until we are 23 or 24. The person that did our taxes said that it would benefit more if my mom claimed me. She doesn't have to file single just because she works. i work also but it is more benificial for my mom to claim me. She gets a bigger tax break. But you and her can't both file her.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Our daughter lives on her own and pays her food,rent ,car payment and school out of her own pocket. When she has time off, she works for her Dad.So she gets a paycheck from his company. She pays taxes and claims herself as a dependant.We cannot claim her any more. She got a reasonable amount back.

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  • Sane
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    1 decade ago

    She can only claim one exemption for herself, she cannot claim herself as a dependant in addition to that standard deduction. If she is under 18, you can claim her as a dependant only if she lives in your home for 50% or more of the year, and you provide her with food, clothing and other basics. Otherwise you cannot claim her as a dependant.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No ! The IRS does'nt joke when it comes to money ! If she's working, she has to file her own claim. You can no longer claim her.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    knock knock

    *who's there?*

    me

    *me who*

    me hopes this make you feel better ;)

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