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He was not away at school. There was a falling out, and he went to stay with his friends (at their parents house) about a week before graduation

Sorry, but Patzer was right, and the guardian was wrong.

The kid doesn't meet the residency test (at least 6 months in the home) to be a qualifying child. He fails the gross income test for a qualifying relative.

The kid needs to file his return again, exactly as it was before, on paper. He cannot get an e-file through for 2013. The guardian needs to file an amended return not claiming this dependent.

See Pub 501 for the dependency rules.

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