am self employed )operating without a business license) and I allow 2 of my friends to live in my house with 1 child each. they have lived with me all year and niether parent is filing taxes this year. I don’t charge either of them any money for rent, utilities or food etc. as they are both very close friends of mine. Now with that said, since the 2 children are under my roof I claimed them for the earned income credit. I have just received a letter from the irs requesting information to be submitted before I will receive my refund.
information requested are as follows:
1. EARNED INCOME CREDIT – FORM 886-H-EIC
2. DEPENDENTS – FORM 886-H-DEP
3. FILING STATUS – FORM 886-H-HOH
4. SCHEDULE C – FORM 11652
My question is… is this standard operating procedure for the irs review process? Do they normally ask for all this information to be submitted?
I don’t even know where to start. I have receipts for payments from the entire year proving my income totalling just over 13K. the parents of the children will cooperate and write any letter I need. the problem is that I support these children by providing a roof for them, but I don’t have guardian rights nor do I want them. I am just helping out my friends.
with the information I have provided do I need to be worried I will get in trouble for claiming my income which is, up til now, totally unreported and under the table in prior years.
any help would be appreciated.