I received a letter from the IRS regarding claiming dependents. Quick back story: In December 2012, I told stbx that we can each claim one child for 2012 since we were together the majority of the year. Fair, right? Well, he goes and claims both without telling me so when I try to file, it is rejected ... twice. So I go by the IRS Residency Test to determine that I have the right to claim BOTH children so I go ahead and file a paper tax return which triggered a red flag since both of us claimed the children.
Anyways, I feel I am on solid ground for 2012 tax return and still feel I had the right to do what I did.
But for 2013, I have not worked at all ~ living off of savings, child support, support from family and I also receive a little interest most months from a trust. Both kiddo's have needs that I tend to 24/7. Will I still need to file taxes? If I do, I'm going to claim the kids again. But if I don't need to file this year, maybe I can allow stbx to claim them for 2013 only. Could I use this as a bargaining tool? Like, pay for your half of the medical bills and half of the kids tuition idiot and I will allow you to claim both children for 2013 ONLY??
Thoughts and opinions? Or what would you do?