Dependents & Exemptions
Question: My daughter was born at the end of the year. We are still waiting for a social security number. Can I file my return now and provide her social security number later?
If you file your return claiming your daughter as a dependent and do not provide her social security number on your return, the IRS will disallow the dependency exemption.
You have two options:
- You could file your income tax return without claiming your daughter as a dependent. After you receive her social security number, you could then amend your return on Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Generally, you have three years after the date you filed your original return or two years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later, to amend your return.
- The other option is to file a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. This option would give you an additional six months to file your return; by then you should have your daughter's social security number.
If, in addition to the dependency exemption for your newborn, you are also claiming other credits, see "Earned income credit" and "Child tax credit" under "What's New" in the Instructions for Form 1040 or the Instructions for Form 1040A for information about taxpayer identification number requirements.
Category: Filing Requirements, Status, Dependents, Exemptions
Subcategory: Dependents & Exemptions