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If your return was rejected by the IRS because a child claimed on your return was already claimed as a dependent AND for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) on someone else's return, you will need to delete this child as a dependent and delete the child from Schedule EIC Earned Income Credit.

To remove a child as a dependent, please do the following:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Basic Information in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Dependents and other qualifying persons.
  3. On the screen titled Confirm your dependent(s), click the trash icon to the right of the dependent you need to remove from your return.

You may also need to delete the child from Schedule EIC:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Other Credits in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Earned income credit.
  3. On the screen titled Earned Income Credit - Qualifying Children, click Review next to the child's name.
  4. Click Yes to indicate the child could be claimed by another person for earned income credit purposes.
  5. Select the child's relationship to the other person in the drop-down that appears, then click Continue.
  6. To remove the child from Schedule EIC, select No, the other person will claim [the child] for the EIC.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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