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what happens when someone already claimed the dependent or the person claimed themself ?

A couple of years ago I filed my return and it was rejected due to the fact that someone had already filed a return with my SSN. After verifying my parents did not claim me, I started calling. If I remember correctly, I had to send in proof of identity or something along those lines, along with a letter explaining that my SSN was improperly used.

They did an investigation and got back to me a week or so later. They claimed it was a transposed number that resulted in my SSN being used. It was a bit of a hassle but nothing too bad.

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