What Is a HOH? (and Why It Pays to Be One)

Determine if you are a head of household

What Is a HOH?
Could You Be a HOH?

Do You Want to Be a HOH?


What is a HOH, anyway? Is a HOH someone who dates everyone but you? Is it something Santa Claus says three times? Or is it a river named after a Native American tribe? How about an expression commonly used after "Heave"?

Do Single Parents Qualify for Head of Household?

Well, it might be all of those things... but the HOH we're talking about is a Head of Household. It's a great tax filing status that can really pay off when it comes to filing your tax return!

Compared to the Single filing status, Heads of Household get lower tax rates, a higher standard deduction, and qualify more easily for some tax credits. A lot of single parents are Heads of Household, and so are other unmarried people with dependents. To file as a Head of Household, you have to be unmarried and you have to support a Qualifying Person.

Take the "HOHucator" Test!
It's the Head of Household Status Educator

Use the "HOHucator" tax tool below to find out if you qualify to file as Head of Household. Just answer the "Yes" and "No" questions until the HOHucator gives you a final answer:

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Watch the video below to learn more about the Head of Household filing status:

How Do I Know if Someone Is My Qualifying Person?

It can be tricky to figure out if someone is your Qualifying Person. If you have a dependent, they might or might not also count as your Qualifying Person.

A dependent is not always a Qualifying Person, and you don't necessarily have to claim a Qualifying Person as a dependent.

Confused? Don't worry, we've made it easy for you! Just use the free Head of Household tool (the HOHucator test) on this page.

How Do I File as Head of Household?

Find out how to how to file as Head of Household.

Where Can I Find More Information about the Head of Household Filing Status?

See all of the requirements to file as Head of Household.

Find out all the details about the Head of Household filing status.

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