Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Fanny Mail: A Question From A Mother In Wisconsin

Today I received an email from Pauline Schmidt of Marshfield, Wisconsin. Pauline writes: "Dear Grandmother Winsome, our daughter has been missing for two years. I'm ready to have her declared dead, but my husband is reluctant, saying then we won't be able to claim her as a dependent on our tax forms. Is that true?"

Well, Pauline, I believe that once a child is declared dead, she can no longer be counted as a dependent. So why not hold out hope that your daughter will be found for a little longer, at least until you've filed your taxes?

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