US Federal Tax Status: Filing as Head of Household

what does head of household mean on tax forms

US Federal Tax Status: Filing as Head of Household - What does it mean. Am I eligible? Find out at Paywizard.org.

If you file Head of Household you have lower tax rates and other benefits, but in order to do that, you must be:

  • unmarried, or
  •  'considered unmarried' on the last day of the tax year - that is when you meet all these tests:
  • your spouse did not live in your home during the last 6 month's of the tax year
  • your home is the main home of your child, stepchild or eligible foster child for more than a half year
  • your must be able to claim to claim an exemption for the child, but if your noncustodial ex claims the exemption it won't preclude you as the custodial

    parent to claim head of household filing status.

  • paying more than half the costs of keeping up a home
  • claiming an exemption for your parent and paying more than half of the cost of keeping up a home that was the main home for the entire year for your parent - this 'main home' could also be a rest home or home for the elderly
  • having a qualified person in your house who lived more than a half year with you - this is:
    • a single child (son, daughter, grandchild),
  • a married child for whom you can claim an exemption,
  • a relative (brother, sister, grandparent) for whom you can claim an exemption for him or her.
  • Source: m.paywizard.org

    Category: Taxes

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