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All Things Tax

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-18-2017

Child tax credit miscounted eligible children

My submission was rejected by the IRS because I had too many children on the child tax credit. One of them was over 16.

I was told to correct the personal information of my dependents.


BUT... the dependent birthdays were correct. So either the software used the imported previous year information, or miscalculated the age of my oldest daughter. I ended up saying she had lived with me for less than half the year to correct the count without doing an Override! There goes another $1000.



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Posts: 6,191
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Child tax credit miscounted eligible children

Hi pagejaws,


Welcome to the H&R Block community.


I would not tell the software that your child lived with you for less than half of the year because that will make that child ineligible for the earned income credit which may lower your refund.


If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.


Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)