Head of Household Filing Status Tax Year 2018

Before you complete the 2018 Tax Forms, calculate if you are eligible for the head of household filing status as a single person. Important: you can no longer e-file a 2018 return anywhere; you can only complete sign 2018 Tax Forms on eFile.com and mail them in. Download, print, and send them to the IRS - they cannot be e-filed! See other valuable 2018 Tax Calculators.

Prepare and eFile your current tax year return due by Tax Day. The IRS and states only accept e-filed returns for the current tax year; eFileIT now on eFile.com. Use online tax filing software in the year the return is due so you never have to mail in your taxes.

Single With a Dependent

If you were single with dependents in 2018, find out if you could file as Head of Household. You could enjoy lower tax rates, a higher standard deduction, and qualify more easily for different tax credits. A lot of single parents are Heads of Household and so are other unmarried people with dependents (and, with some exception, legally married people - see details on unmarried persons). To file as a Head of Household, you have to be unmarried (details for unmarried 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 on a tax return, 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 filing a current year tax return on eFile.com, we handle all of this for you based on your answers so you can select the filing status that best fits your situation.

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

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