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Return Information Notice - Code CH

We revised your Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit because another taxpayer also used at least one of the qualifying individual's social security numbers you provided on your return. If you disagree with this, please send us a copy of your qualifying person's birth certificate, any documents showing your qualifying person's correct social security number and, if applicable, the complete child custody agreement for this tax year.

Why did I receive this notice code?

Only one person (or couple, if married filing jointly) can use a qualifying individual to claim the Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit. Since our records show another person has already claimed the credit using at least one of your qualifying individual's social security numbers, it appears that:

  • You made a mistake entering the qualifying individual's social security number on your return.
  • You and another person, such as your child's other parent, are both using the same child as a qualifying individual to claim the credit. Only one person (or a couple, if married filing jointly) can claim a qualifying individual.
  • Another person made a mistake entering the qualifying individual's social security number on his or her return.
  • We made a mistake entering your qualifying individual's social security number or the other person's qualifying individual's social security number into our records.

What do I need to do?

If you agree with our revisions, you do not need to contact us. Please update your records. If your notice shows a revised balance due, please pay the amount due.

If you do not agree with our revisions, you should take the following steps:

  1. Send us a copy of each qualifying individual's social security card or other document showing the individual's social security number, so we can check our records for mistakes.
  2. If it's possible that you and your children's other parent are both using the same children as your qualifying individuals, review the credit qualifications in the instructions of Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit form FTB 3506. Even if both parents pay for childcare for the same child, only one parent will qualify for the credit.

If you still feel you are entitled to the credit, send us the following:

  • A copy of the custody agreement for the tax year in question.
  • If you don't have a custody agreement or didn't follow the custody agreement, send us a statement of the dates you had physical custody of the child. On days where custody is shared, the parent having custody of the child for more than 12 hours is considered to have custody for that day.
  • Any other information or documents that might help us determine the amount of credit you should be allowed, such as, your marital status with the children's other parent, divorce documents, or an agreement with the other parent on who can claim the dependent exemption for the children.

If you still disagree or do not understand our revisions, please contact us.

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