Question regarding claiming child on taxes and Financial Aid?

Ok my daughter lives with me, but over the last year she has lived with both me and her father. I am going to school and I am claiming her on my financial aid application. Her father is insisting that he is claiming her on his taxes because he wants the money. I don’t care about the money, but if he files her on his taxes will that mess up my financial aid application?

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3 Responses to “Question regarding claiming child on taxes and Financial Aid?”

  1. just not that said:

    If you are a college student and haven’t been able to afford to support her as much as you need to in order to claim her on your taxes, claiming her on your taxes (rather than him) would be fraud and him filing a complaint will get you thrown in jail for tax fraud.

    You need to go to at tax prep person or an accountant and figure out if you even qualify to claim her.

    The number in the household SOMETIMES does effect the amount and type of fin aid you will get, but claiming something (lying) will make it worse.

    In order to put her on your fafsa you:
    “will provide more than half of their support between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010″

    If you can’t say yes to this, then you can’t list her on your fafsa.

  2. mommyoftwo53 said:

    Just because she is not claimed on your taxes doesn’t mean you cant put her on your fafsa. the rule for fafsa is do you support her more than 50% of the time (and that just needs to be 51%). If you do then you can put her on your fafsa. There are a lot of people who have it in their custody agreement that they alternate years for taxes and sometimes the other parent will barely even have the child but if they pay child support they are still considered supporting them so can put them on their taxes. There are people like this who are also on school and still claim their child on fafsa because they do support them the most.

  3. Tony said: – it has detailed info how to apply for financial aid and scholarships to get more cash.


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