Could It Pay to Be a HOH?

  • First, What is A HOH?
  • Could You Be A HOH?
  • Or, Qualify as a HOH?
  • Or, Do You Want to Be 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 (and with some exception legally married people - see details) with dependents. To file as a Head of Household, you have to be unmarried (details for exceptions) and you have to support a Qualifying Person.

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Are You a Head of Household?
Were you married as of December 31 of the tax year?
Note: Even if you were legally married, you still might qualify as Head of Household if you meet these requirements.

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 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 on this page.

How to File as Head of Household

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

More Head of Household Information