Q: Child tax credit
My grandson lives with me. His mother claimed his on 2020 taxes. I will claim him on 2021. Mom and father are not married and are drug addicts, unknown addresses. How do I ensure I receive the child tax credit and she doesn't receive them? I do not have legal custody but he has lived with me since October 2020 and will do so till one of them gets their life together.
Unless you have some form of legal custody of your grandson, I do not believe you are entitled to claim him on your taxes. You should consult a tax professional to be sure (accountant or tax attorney), but I am highly confident that you cannot claim your grandson on your taxes or get any kind of credit merely because you are caring for him. It may not be fair, but I am thinking that is the way the laws and regulations of the IRS will view your situation.
As a minimum, I would expect you would need to be appointed temporary guardian by a court.
I know this is not the answer you were hoping for. I hope either one of your grandson's parents gets their life together or you are able to obtain the legal custody required for you to claim him.
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