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Well, he's taking the exemption this year, so I don't see why he would care - unless only one of us can take the C&DC credit? Is that the case?

Correct. Only the custodial parent is allowed to take the credit. In fact, the only time one can claim the credit for a nondependent child is when the custodial parent has given the dependency exemption to the noncustodial parent.


Hence your question about Dad, of course. Ok, well scratch that deduction this year - and thanks for keeping me from a mistake!

Is it just me, or does Turbotax seem to have less supporting information each year (wait, don't answer that..)? ;-)

One more related question - when it's our turn to take the exemption for Daughter, we've always had Dad sign form 8332 (Release of Claim of Exemption), something he feels is unnecessary (but I'd rather dot all i's, etc). This year, Turbotax offers what looks like a similar kind of document, "Multiple Support Declaration" (form 2120). I'm pretty sure we don't need it this year as we're not taking the exemption, but I don't remember seeing it before.

Is that new, and will we need to deal with that next year when it's our turn to take the exemption? So far, we've had a pretty simple situation - we each have joint custody, have Daughter 50% of the time, and take turns with her exemption (and dependent care deductions) with no apparent problems.

Thanks again, Phil!
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