a family member filed my taxes for me.. we live with this person. but i've been working Since May of 2011- before that, i was in college. i just got back the papers for the tax return and i noticed that i dnt have any dependents... aka my son... which explains why i'm getting so little back.
is that allowed? i provide everything for my son- other than housing. his clothes, school supplies, food, extra activities, sports, etc. all of it is on me.
or should i just let it go since this family member IS providing us with free housing (one bedroom)?
i guess this is an update in a way.... i dont plan on amending the return. If the family member needs the money, or decided that they were entitled to it- i'd have no problem with it. i just wish i knew BEFORE hand. the only things that I signed was MY return- nothing else. in the very beginning, it was the agreement that i would focus on college- not working. a month after i graduated, i got the job and offered rent, but the family member declined- said to focus on saving the money and paying back the debt that I've accumilated throughout the years (credit cards- medical- student loans- etc... other than student loans, my debt has gone from over $6,000+ to about $1,000 now in just a year).... i guess i'm just more upset at the fact that i cant use the return to pay off the rest of my debt, like i originally planned.
i will add that this family member, by just allowing us to live here, has done A LOT. we live in the best school district in the county, my son goes to the best elementary in the district- and there's NO WAY i'd be able to afford that level of education on my income alone. I've looked into it. not sure how much the child tax thing is, but i DO know, it doesnt amount to the level of education my son is recieving.
that being said-- does anyone know if this will somehow mess up my financial aid? i plan on going back to school in the fall- but on the FAFSA, i'm claiming my son... but would i still be able to do that, if my tax return doesnt have my son on it?