Update: Has the state told you your child's social security number is invalid after you filed your taxes?

Posted at: 04/07/2014 5:58 PM
Updated at: 04/16/2014 10:37 AM
By: Berkeley Brean

We heard about this from one of our News10NBC families. The New York State Tax Department denied the family a child tax credit when it said their child's social security number is "invalid."

Tonight we are getting to the bottom of this. 

We are on our way to talk to a family that received one of these letters from the NY State Department of Tax and Finance. 

Here's what we initially wrote when we first heard about this issue:

Here's the strange thing. The child in this family is four and half years old and the family has received tax deductions in the past when they claimed the child as a dependent. 

But all of a sudden, the state said the child's SSN is no good. 

Here is the statement from Tax and Finance: 

We never like to inconvenience taxpayers or delay their refunds, but it's critical that we ensure that New Yorkers are not footing the bill for fraudulent or erroneous refunds. 

To ensure that credit payments - in addition to refunds - are paid only to taxpayers who qualify, we review every income tax return we receive. Each year this saves New Yorkers from paying the cost of more than $400 million in erroneous and fraudulent refunds. 

Geoff Gloak

Spokesman, NYS Dept. of Tax and Finance