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go4lsu
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Claiming other people's children on your taxes


Have you ever heard of this? I work with a lady who made the comment during last tax season that she had to find a kid to claim. Being that she has a son of her own, I had to ask her to explain. She said that she finds someone who doesn't file who has a kid and she claims their kid. She gives the parent of the kid a couple hundred bucks and keeps the rest of the refund herself. What made me ask this question is last week a 20 year old, unmarried kid that I work with said that he was looking for a kid to claim before he files this year.

I can't believe this sort of thing takes place and people get away with it.







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BrentED
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


oh yeh. this shite happens all the time and i don't think i can understate ALL THE TIME. the fema trailer parks just trade kids all around the park and i'm sure they didn't just start doing it then.

i just heard about it for the 1st time last year. like you, i was quite surprised. it also surprises me the IRS is not more on this, but i could be wrong. i really know nothing about the prevention side of it.






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FlyinTiger
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


I have heard of it too. Folks claiming each others kids....





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Colonel Hapablap
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


why not just lie and make up a kid? Actually "finding one" seems like wasted effort.





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real
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


Happens all the time. And let me be the one to say it,since im already label as a racist on here. Its the minority's that are doing it. They know exactly how to work the system.





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Colonel Hapablap
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which minority? I don't know of much of my cajun family who does this or my mexican acquaintances.





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real
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


I retract that statement also. It happens in every race.No certain one.





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McLemore
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


you do realize you can get a reward for turning in people for tax fraud, right?





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go4lsu
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


quote:

I retract that statement also. It happens in every race.No certain one.


The two people I heard it from were of the same race, but I would have to agree that it happens in any race. I just can't see how if this is done by a lot of people, how the IRS can't seem to catch on. It doesn't seem like it would be that hard to spot.






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Spirit of Dunson
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


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ow the IRS can't seem to catch on


maybe because they have to go over ~100 million tax returns, and the kind of people that do this aren't necessarily the big fish when it comes to tax fraud.






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go4lsu
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


quote:

the kind of people that do this aren't necessarily the big fish when it comes to tax fraud.


Guess not!






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Jimbeaux
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


Some get prosecuted, but very few. In fact, it seems like they target that type of thing once every 5 years or so - actually they target the low class tax preparers who broker these deals betwen the filers w/ no kids, and the non-filers with kids.

It's a big business in N.O. The local politicians actually like this boon-doggle. It puts a lot of money into the local economy. I heard awhile back that the Earned Income Child Credit is the single biggest economic stimulus to the New Orleans economy!







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CarrolltonTiger
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re: Claiming other people's children on your taxes


quote:

why not just lie and make up a kid? Actually "finding one" seems like wasted effort.


You need a SSN that won't be used by another filer.






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