Boyfriend has garnished wages, can they garnish my tax refund?
January 10, 2014 1:37 PM Subscribe
I want to list my boyfriend as a dependent on my 2013 taxes -- but he has his wages garnished. I'm also wondering about him filing taxes. Even as a dependent, I believe he's able to -- and he needs to for FAFSA purposes. More details and questions behind cut.
posted by camylanded to Work & Money (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I found out that I am able to claim my boyfriend as a dependent on my taxes since he made less than $3500, and I supported him financially throughout 2013. (more than half, to my calculations, it would be around 85%). In fact, we could really use the money since he is still unemployed and I'm still the breadwinner.
We spoke about this last night and there's only one thing that worries us about adding him as a dependent on my 1040. He has a son from a previous relationship, and for the past couple of years, they have been garnishing his wages from owed back child support -- I think the percentage is around 55%. We know from previous jobs he's held, they take that 55% from his paychecks. I know, you're not my accountant or my tax professional, but I can't seem to find this question anywhere and I don't have the 2 hours to wait to talk to an IRS agent... will they be able to garnish 55% of my tax refund if I claim him as a dependent? I worked full time all through last year and I get other tax cuts aside from just his dependency and obviously, I feel it's my money and not my responsibility to pay for his child support. Would that even be legal? I'm pretty sure that since the taxes are in my name, they're not able to garnish my refund... right?
The other question is also tax related. He made about $300 through self employment but has no other credits or employment to report from last year. He needs to file taxes so he can file his FAFSA for 2014-2015. I've never filed taxes without having income to report -- he'll still be able to file taxes this being said, correct?
Any kind of advice or similar personal experience you can give me on these issues would be greatly appreciated! :)