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Q&A: DNA Paternity Testing for IRS Purposes

In recent years, the IRS has begun requiring proof of paternity for some men claiming one or more dependents. This is due to an apparent rise in the number of instances where more than one man claims the same child.

So how should you submit proof of paternity if you’ve received this type of notice from the IRS?

A Legally Admissible DNA Paternity Test is the most surefire option. Unlike home paternity test kits that you may buy online or at a pharmacy, a Legal Paternity Test involves a formal Chain of Custody and detailed documentation of the collection process as well as the identities of the individuals tested. This thorough process allows the test results to be upheld legally as definitive evidence of paternity.

What documents are necessary for participants to submit for a Legal Paternity Test?

Each tested party (besides the child if underage) must provide a government-issued photo ID. In addition to a copy of that ID, an instant photo is taken of each of the participants. This photo accompanies the Chain of Custody and specimens to the lab and provides further documentation of the identities of the individuals tested.

Does the mother of the child have to participate in a Legal Paternity Test?

No. Only the child and the alleged father are needed for testing. However, if the mother chooses to participate, the results are typically available sooner than if she does not.

How much is a Legal Paternity Test and do I need to schedule an appointment?

Tracepoint Legal Paternity Tests are $350. You may book an appointment through our website or by phone, but we also welcome walk-ins.

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