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I should add, I did some research, but still don't see why it is rejecting my claim.

The IRS isn't rejecting your claim. They are simply rejecting the electronic filing of your return. As a protection against filing duplicate returns or duplicate claims of the same dependent, they refuse to electronically accept the second return to be filed.**

If they say her SSN has been used on another return, there's nothing you can do to electronically file your return.

Just file it on paper, claiming your daughter. Don't bother attaching any special explanations - it wouldn't get looked at anyway.


**This also has the effect of letting the crooks file bogus returns quickly, while the legitimate return of the taxpayer whose identity has been stolen gets rejected. Great fun when that happens. Fortunately, given your facts, the most likely situation is that your son in law didn't file separately, but filed a joint return with your daughter. Or perhaps filed as a single person (or even head of household) and claimed her as a dependent.
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