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I am in the process of filling out my mother's tax form for 2000 and have hit a roadblock because of her special situation. First, I am 31 and fully capable of handling the tax form other than this one hurdle. I really don't want to hire a professional for this one or two lines in a simple tax form.

Here was her situation...she remarried, had two children, and they divorced. That was more than twelve years ago and they both had an agreement that each of them would claim one of the children as a dependent. On top of claiming the one child, my mother also got an earned income credit for this child. In late June of last year, she died, and both children are still minors. In early July, they both moved in with their father. How does the dependent thing work at this point? Since she had the children living in her house for more than half the year, I would assume the agreed upon dependents would still hold true...right? How about the EIC for the one child? I read the 1040 instructions ten times and each time I get a different thing. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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