The letter won't do any good. It's not like they can give you permission to claim the child. In order for you to claim a child as a qualifying relative, you have to prove to the IRS that a) the child isn't a qualifying child of someone else. b) the child lived with you for all of the tax year. c) you alone provided more than 1/2 of the child's support (or have a form 2120 showing that of the people who did provide support, they are letting you claim the exemption). This is just to get to qualifying relative which gets you the exemption only. No HOH, No EIC and No child tax credit. Lack of proof (or forbid, you tried to claim EIC or HOH), will cause you to fail the audit. If you claimed EIC when not entitled to it, will cause you to be barred from EIC for 10 years.
by Quick Answers - 10 hours ago
taking care of a child is not necessarily support to claim a child that is not yours would be a qualifying relative and all these requirements have to be met, the child has to live in your household(a member) the entire year, you have to provide more than 50% of the child's support(rent, utilities, insurance, phone, food, clothing, transportation, medical, entertainment etc), the child cannot have earned $3650 of income and cannot be claimed on the return of someone else if these are not met the letter from the parent will have no effect
by tro - 10 hours ago
Well, there are what the IRS calls "rules" about what constitues support and who is eligible. A letter from the parent really wouldn't do any good. You can research the tax laws on the IRS website or ask a tax lawyer if your situation qualifies. Also, two people cannot claim the child, so the child does meet the rules for qualifying as your dependent, the parent cannot claim them. http://www.irs.gov/publications/p501/ar02.html#en_US_publink1000220972 http://www.irs.gov/faqs/content/0,,id=199974,00.html
by C Anemone - 10 hours ago
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