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IRS Notice CP87A

You need to make sure someone is your dependent.

Proving someone qualifies as your dependent can be a frustrating process. Many times, multiple parties might feel equally entitled to claim the dependent. Increasingly, dependent issues are also stemming from identity theft. H&R Block tax professionals are experts on dependent qualifications and will make sure your dependent's identity is secure.

What happened?

  1. Someone else filed a tax return claiming a dependent you also claimed on your tax return.
  2. The IRS sent CP87A to notify you you need to verify the person listed as a dependent actually qualifies as a dependent. If the other taxpayer files their own return and claims the exemption, he or she cannot be considered a claimed dependent on your return.
  3. The IRS reviews the documents provided by both parties and will award the dependent exemption to the one they feel is most qualified to claim the dependent.

How can H&R Block help?

  • The IRS uses a series of tests to determine who is most qualified to claim someone as a dependent. Come into a tax office and we will contact the IRS to make sure they are not missing any of your information relevant to the dependent.
  • CP87A notices are occasionally related to identity theft. We'll look into your IRS account and confirm your dependent's identity is secure.

Have questions about an IRS notice CP87A you received? Schedule a FREE consultation with an H&R Block tax professional today. We'll sit down to review your notice, answer your questions, and, if necessary, recommend next steps to get your issue resolved.

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