Question

Someone used my daughter’s Social Security number on a tax return. Is this likely to result in a rejected return and a refund delay?

Answer

Yes, your refund will be delayed. The IRS will process the first return filed and will most likely reject your return.

To fix this, you’ll need to:

  • Print and mail your return.
  • Provide documentation proving your right to claim the child.

Don’t send this documentation with your return, but expect to receive a request from the IRS requesting it. After the IRS investigates and makes a decision, the person who incorrectly claimed the child will:

  • Be required to adjust the return to remove the child-related benefits
  • Be subject to penalties and interest

Related Topics

Related Resources

Claiming a College Student as a Dependent

Can you claim your college student as a dependent if they go to school full time and earn income? Learn about dependent rules from H&R Block’s experts.

Who is eligible for a stimulus check?

Who is eligible for a stimulus check? Find out everything you should know about stimulus check eligibility and life changes from the experts at H&R Block.

Give and Get: Tax Deductions for Cash Donations

When you make cash donations to a qualified charitable organization, you may be able to take a tax deduction. Learn how at H&R Block.

Minimum Essential Coverage

Learn about Minimum Essential Coverage for income tax tips from our tax articles at H&R Block.