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What Is a HOH? Why Does It Pay to Be a HOH?

Important: Starting with Tax Year 2018 (Jan. - Dec. 2018), the way tax returns are filed are changing due to Tax Reform. Our HOHucator tax tool is currently for Tax Year 2017, but you may use it now to get an idea of your 2018 Taxes. We will update the tool and this page as the IRS finalizes the 2018 Tax Return information. Tax Reform and you? Let efile.com help you and become eligible to Tax Win. Find out now.

Am I a HoH?

Could You Be a HOH? / Do You Want to Be a HOH? / Are You a HOH?

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

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 pay off when you file 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.

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

Do Single Parents Qualify for Head of Household?

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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