I'm sure there may be other people here in this situation regarding residency and in-state tuition. I am 21, graduating from college in May and looking at my mother's tax return from last year it looks as if she claimed me even though she said she wouldn't. Surprise.
She doesn't pay for ANYTHING at all. Nothing for tuition, expenses, books, travel, nothing. I pay for everything myself. I don't live with her at all, not even during the summers or breaks. I know that I can try to file first and claim myself but I will still need to show UIUC my mother's tax return. If she claims me anyway (which I'm sure she will do), I'm screwed.
How can she legally claim me as a dependent? What can I do to stop this from happening this year?