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I have a question that should be pretty easy to answer even though the situation is complicated, but Google is giving me all kinds of conflicting info!

Can a legal guardian claim as a dependent a kid who graduated from high school in June 2013, turned 18 in August 2013, but only lived in her home until the first week of June 2013.

She has already claimed him. She claimed him on the basis that she was legally responsible for him for 8 months, even though he physically lived there for just over 5 months.

He made about $6500 and qualifies for a full refund. The problem is that his taxes were rejected because he didn't know that she claimed him. Refiling won't be a huge problem, I don't think (just have to check a different box) but he is mad that she claimed him and madder that he didn't know about it and wants to report her to the IRS for tax fraud. Seems like an irrational over-reaction and that it would be easier to just refile his taxes since it affects his refund not at all.

Was she entitled to claim him on her taxes? What should he do?


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