Head of Household Filing Status 2020, 2021
Head Of Household
Firstly, what is a HOH?
Could you be a HOH?
Do you 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?"
might be all of those things... but the HOH we're talking about is a . It's a great tax return Head of Household filing status that can pay off when you e-File your tax return!
Attention: Compared to the single filing status, the Head of Household filing status will get taxpayers get lower tax rates and a higher standard deduction, plus qualify more easily for tax credits. Many singles with dependents qualify as Heads of Household - use this free DEPENDucator to see who you can claim on your 2020 Return. Additionally, other unmarried people and, with some exception, legally married people with dependents might qualify as Head of Household. Generally, however, to qualify to file or e-File as a Head of Household, you have to be unmarried and you have to support a dependent or qualifying relative.
If you live apart from your spouse and meet certain requirements - even if you aren't divorced or legally separated - you might file as head of household. Should you qualify to file as head of household instead of as married filing separately, your standard deduction will be higher. Plus, your tax amount overall may be lower, and you might be able to claim the earned income credit.
For your tax return you are considered unmarried for head of household purposes if your non-resident spouse was the same at any time during the year plus if you select NOT TO treat your nonresident spouse as a resident alien. In addition, be aware that your spouse isn't a qualifying person for head of household filing status purposes. Thus, you must have another qualifying person and meet the other tests to be eligible to file as head of household.
Who is a 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. Then,
prepare and e-file with eFile.com and let the tax app select the best filing status for you. How to File as Head of Household
If you live apart from your spouse and meet certain requirements - even if you aren't divorced or legally separated - you might file as head of household. In the case you qualify as HOH instead of as married filing separately, your standard deduction will be higher. Also, your tax may be lower, and you may be able to claim the earned income credit.
Find out how to
how to file as Head of Household and see detailed requirements to file as HOH.
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