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What Filing Status Should I Select on My Tax Return?

What is my filing status?

Important: Starting with Tax Year 2018 (Jan. - Dec. 2018), tax return filing requirements are changing due to Tax Reform. Our tax tools are currently for Tax Year 2017, but you can use them now to get an idea of your 2018 Taxes. We will update the tools and this page as the IRS finalizes the 2018 Tax Return filing requirements. Tax Reform and you? Let help you and become eligible to Tax Win. Find out now.

When you prepare a tax return, you have to choose which filing status to use. There are 5 different choices of filing status, but you can generally only qualify for 1 or 2 of them in any given year. If there is more than 1 filing status available to you (for example, Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately), then it is easy to determine which one is most beneficial to you. Just explore both options using the free "TaxStimator" Tax Calculator.

How Do I Select My Filing Status?

There are several factors that go into selecting your tax filing status. The calculator tool below--the "STATucator"-- will guide you through the process of determining the filing status for you. Just answer the "Yes" and "No" questions until the STATucator provides you with a filing status. Our STATucator is a multi-year tool so you can use it for previous years’ tax returns as well!

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