What to do when parent withholds tax information?

A friend filed his tax returns and his parents claimed him on it. The parent is now withholding the information and he needs it to get financial aid for college.

Asked on June 4, 2012 under Family Law, Iowa

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If a parent withholds information concerning taxes as to a child and the child needs the information for financial aid for college, the recourse for the child is to consult with the school's financial aid department as to the best way to handle the situation.

If the child is 18 years or above, the parents legally cannot claim the child as a dependent on their tax returns. The other option is for the child to sit down with the parents and get the tax information needed for the financial aid application for college.


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