Dependent's (or Qualifying Child's) SSN Listed as Primary or Secondary SSN on Same or Separate Return.
If your return was rejected because your dependent or qualifying child was also listed as the primary or secondary taxpayer on your return or another return, you have two options:
Note. Be sure to double-check that the information you originally submitted for the dependent or child is correct. If there was a mistake, correct it and resubmit your return instead of using one of the options below.
You can remove the dependent and e-file your return. Once you have received your refund you can amend your return, adding the dependent back to the return and submitting it to the IRS with proper documentation proving you have the right to claim this child. The IRS will review the amendment to determine who has the right to claim the child and adjust the tax returns appropriately.
To remove the dependent and resubmit the electronic return:
Once your return has been accepted by the IRS, you can go back into your return and create the amendment, adding the dependent back to the return and requesting the additional refund, if applicable.
To create your amendment (after the original return has been accepted):
PRINT A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL RETURN - IT WILL BE YOUR ONLY COPY AFTER MAKING ANY CHANGES FOR THE AMENDMENT.
You can print a paper return and mail it to the IRS with the proper documentation proving you have the right to claim this dependent(s).
Note. The second option will take longer to receive a refund because the IRS will need to investigate each return to determine who has the right to claim the dependent and adjust the returns appropriately before issuing a refund.
Proper documentation can include school records, doctor's records, or legal documentation.
The IRS will continue to reject attempts to e-file this return until the dependent is removed, no matter which tax preparation method is used.