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Tax preparing issues for adoptive parents, custodial parents

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Trouble with the IRS - for the tenth year in a row a Nevada, Missouri mother has to prove that her adoptive daughters are hers.

Danette Long-Boatwright has her taxes professionally prepared.  But she'll have to take it all to the IRS office in Joplin.

Again.

That's because the biological mother of her adoptive daughters claimed them on her tax forms first.

Tax preparers say it can also be a problem for custodial parents in divorce cases and custodial grandparents.

Taxes in these cases have to be filed on paper which can slow down returns for months.

"The fact of someone claiming the girls are living with her and they're not - they haven't lived with her in over 13 years - and it's very frustrating for me as a mother," Boatwright says.

"But with the technology we have today I feel like this could easily be taken care of," says Blance Williams of H&R Block.  "It's happened for several years, so why wouldn't they have an alert on this and stop this other person from claiming them?"

Williams says cases like this create costly work for her office, mailing multiple copies of school, church and medical records to convince the IRS.

The Boatwright's don't know if the biological mother is getting credit for deductions or any financial returns but the IRS contends she gets fined.

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