Are You a Head of Household? Start the "HOHucator" Tax Test!

Were you married as of 12/31 of the tax year?
Did you pay more than 50% of the cost of keeping up a home for the entire year?
So far, so good! Now let’s see if you have a Qualifying Person. Answer the remaining questions about your potential Qualifying Person.
Is this person your IRS Qualifying Child?

You're not sure if this person is a Qualifying Child?
No problem, let's find out right now.

If you are the taxpayer, is this person your:

-son or daughter
Did the person live with you for more than 6 months of the tax year?
Was the person under age 19 by Dec. 31 of the tax year?
Was the person under age 24 and a full time student?
Is the person permanently and totally disabled?
Did the person provided more than 50% of his/her own support during the tax year?
Are you, the taxpayer, a dependent of another taxpayer?
Is the person married, and did they file a joint return with their spouse?
Is the person (and their spouse) required to file a return?
If the person and their spouse file separate returns, would they owe taxes?
Did the person and their spouse file a return only to claim a refund?
Is the person a U.S. Citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico?
No. Based on your answers, this person is not a Qualifying Child. We are returning you to the first question below, with "No" selected as your answer. Please continue.
 
Yes. Based on your answers, this person is a Qualifying Child for you. We are returning you to the first question below, with "Yes" selected as your answer. Please continue.
If you are the taxpayer, is this person your IRS Qualifying Child?
Is the person single?
Is the person married AND can you claim them as a tax exemption?
Is the person your mother or father AND can you claim them as a tax exemption?
Is this person a Qualifying Relative AND are they related to you?

You're not sure if this person is a Qualifying Relative?
No problem, let's find out right now.

If you are the taxpayer, is this person:

-Your son or daughter
Did this person live with you as a member of your household for the ENTIRE tax year?
Did the person have a gross income of less than the personal exemption amount ($3,800 for 2012)?
Did you provide over 50% (more than half) of the total support of the person?

Is this person a Qualifying Child for you or anyone else?

TIP: Answer "No" if the person is your girlfriend or boyfriend's child who lived with you all year, as long as the child's parent is not required to file a tax return.

Are you, the taxpayer, a dependent of another taxpayer?
Is the person married, and did they file a joint return with their spouse?
Is the person (and their spouse, if married) required to file a return?
If the person and their spouse filed separate returns, would they owe taxes?
Did the person and their spouse file a return only to claim a refund?
Is the person a U.S. Citizen, U.S. resident alien, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico?
No. Based on your answers, this person is not a Qualifying Relative. We are returning you to the original question below, with "No" selected as your answer. Please continue.
 
Yes. Based on your answers, this person is a Qualifying Relative. We are returning you to the original question below, with "Yes" selected as your answer. Please continue.
Is this person a Qualifying Relative AND are they related to you?

No. According to your answers, you do not qualify as Head of Household.

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Yes. Based on your answers, you do qualify for Head of Household status.

Now that you know your filing status, you can estimate your tax return with our FREE tax calculator, the "TaxStimator". Remember to select Head of Household as your filing status!

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