Someone claimed my children on their tax return but my children live with me.  What should I do?

We have helped others with similar problems in our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Sometimes, it’s fraud committed by an unknown person – who uses a child’s social security number to claim a refund.

Other times, a relative, foster care provider, former boyfriend, or spouse claims the child and wrongfully receives a refund.

To learn who and when someone can claim a child on their tax returns, contact the IRS at 800.829.1040 or

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Tax matters may be difficult to handle by yourself. You may contact Bay Area Legal to determine if you are eligible for our services.

Do you have a tax problem with the IRS? Help is available!

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides free help to low income individuals who have a tax issue with the IRS.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Are you a Hillsborough County renter having housing problems? Help is available!

The Hillsborough County Housing Stability Program provides Hillsborough tenants the knowledge, resources, and services to effectively, efficiently, and amicably solve their disputes with their landlords outside the court system.

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The Legal Information Center is a free program to provide information to people who are representing themselves in Family Law cases in Hillsborough County. Get the information you need to make an informed decision about your case.

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If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

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