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Question about Taxes

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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I have a question about taxes.  So BM doesn't work at all.  So her only income is child support.  I take that back she babysat a friends kids for 3-4 months making maybe 1200-1500 for those 3-4 months.  So other than lets say this 1500 income all she has is child support.  Now she get assistants with food stamps, she is in low income housing and on medicade for her and kids.  Plus I am sure other public assistant programs.  Can she file taxes and claim the kids?  In the custody papers she can claim 1 kid and SO can claim 1 kid.  But it also says that if 1 parents doesn't make enough to get the Child Tax Credit the other parent can claim both kids.  Now my question is how do you determined if you don't make enough?  Does child support count as an income?  From what I am seeing online from other sites I am getting mixed information.  Some sites say you have to make $3000.  1 site said that child support does not count as income.  So I am not sure.  SO is researching this on his own also and I know he will have to discuss this with BM it is just right now she has been in a bitchy pissy mood the past few weeks and I am not sure why.  But I have gotten a lot of info from you ladies so I thought I would ask anyone here. 

by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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MomGoingCrazy78
by Lindy Lou on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

CS does not count as income. Not sure about the rest.

liltigersmom
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Nope.
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Derdriu
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

CS is not income.  If she made less than $3k, she's won't get anything back.

orcawhales98
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

So then SO might be able to claim both the kids on his taxes.  That would be good because in the paperwork it doesn't state that he has to give any of the refund to BM.  I am sure she will want it 1/2 of it but not sure if SO won't give it to her or not. 

DDDaysh
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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It's the season for tax questions.... Because it isn't like the IRS has its own website or anything.
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orcawhales98
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM


Quoting DDDaysh:

It's the season for tax questions.... Because it isn't like the IRS has its own website or anything.

I checked on there and it is very confusing.  I need it in English.  I don't speak Tax gargen.  LOL

Derdriu
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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Quoting orcawhales98:

I am sure she will want it 1/2 of it but not sure if SO won't give it to her or not. 

Why would you give her half the refund?  Refunds are over-payments that are impacted by more than just kids.  Mortgage interest, capital losses, charitable donations, eligible medical deductions... If he has any of that being written off against income such that he receives a refund for it, why on earth would she get half? 

mcsmom1
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Child support is not claimed as income on a federal return.

cruelella2to
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

i know that my sister, while in school, was on public assistance had absolutly NO income and got cs for her 2 kids. she would get a min of 7g's back for 2 years in a row

SassyMom25
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

CS is not counted as income for her. It is taxed from SO's pay and then given to her. If it was to be counted as income for her it would need to be taxed again...make sense?

I would ask a tax specialist about the child income credit.

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