2017 Head of Household Filing Status
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.
Are You a Head of Household?
How to Know if Someone Is Your Qualifying Person
It can be tricky to figure out if someone is your qualifying person. If you have a dependent, they may or may 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 on this page. When you file your previous year, 2017 Return, check the head of household box on the 2017 Form 1040 before mailing it to the IRS.
Find out how to how to file as Head of Household plus more details.
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