Single, Pregnant and Taxes
Ok, here's the situation. You are pregnant and the father of the child may or may not marry you. Once you and/or the father consider the options below, it might help both of you to decide what to do, at least from a taxation point of view. Did you know that financial disagreements are one of the largest factors why marriages or relationships break up?
What if You do Get Married?
- If you get married on or before December 31 of a given tax year, then the IRS considers you married for the entire year.
- You now have a choice of 2 filing statuses: Married Filing Jointly and Married Filing Separately.
- In most cases, it is more beneficial to file jointly. However, there are some exceptions where separate returns will yield a better result, and there are specific reasons why you might want to file a separate return. The eFile.com STATucator will help you determine the best filing status for you.
- Find out more about marriage and taxes.
What if You do Not Get Married?
What if You are a Single Parent?
- If you raise the baby on your own as a single parent, then Head of Household is the perfect filing status for you!
- The Head of Household filing status has distinct advantages over the Single filing status, including better tax rates and a bigger standard deduction.
- How to file as Head of Household.
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What if We Still Live Together?
- Maybe you live together and raise the child as a family. In this case, either one of you can still file as Single, but only one of you can file as Head of Household by claiming your baby as a Qualifying Person.
- There is only one Head of Household per household!
- If you qualify as Head of Household, then you should strongly consider using that filing status on your tax return.
Use the HOHucator tax educator tool
Who Can I Claim a Dependent?
- Even though you are definitely supporting your baby during pregnancy, the baby must be born in order to be your dependent for tax purposes.
- If you did not give birth on or before December 31 of a given tax year, you will have to wait until the following tax season to claim the baby as a dependent. In other words, if you gave birth after December 31, 2020, you will wait until 2022 to claim your baby as a dependent on your 2021 Tax Return.
- If your baby is born on or before December 31, then he or she is considered to have been living with you for the entire year and may qualify to be your dependent.
- See the requirements for claiming a Qualifying Child as a dependent.
Use the DEPENDucator tool
What if the Baby's Father Supports Me and the Baby?
- If you and the baby are supported by the baby's father, then he may be able to claim both of you as dependents.
- If you and the baby also live with him, he may be able to file as Head of Household.
- He can claim the baby as a dependent if the baby meets the requirements to be his Qualifying Child.
- He can claim you as a dependent if you meet the requirements to be his Qualifying Relative.
What if Someone Else Supports Me and the Baby?
- If you and the baby are supported by someone other than the baby's father, they can claim you both as dependents if you meet the requirements to be their Qualifying Relatives.
- If you and the baby are supported by a boyfriend who is not the baby's father, the boyfriend may still be able to claim your baby as a dependent, even if the baby does not meet all of the requirements to be his Qualifying Relative. He can claim your baby if you and the baby lived with your boyfriend all year and you did not have enough income to need to file a tax return.
When you prepare and e-File with eFile.com, a simple tax interview will allow the app to determine all of this for you. It will suggest the best filing status, generate and help you complete the proper forms, and help you get the most of your 2021 refund. File now or by April 15, 2021.
Additional Information on Marriage, Relationships and Taxes
Review Federal Income Tax Brackets for each filing status
Learn how to change your name or address with the IRS and SSN offices and register a newborn SSN
Find important tax-related information on divorce and how it affects your upcoming tax return
Learn how to report Alimony Payments in 2021
Information on handling disputes when claiming a child on your taxes
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