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Filing your taxes

What's My Filing Status?

Knowing your IRS filing status is essential for making sure you get the maximum refund you deserve, along with all the credits and deductions to which you are entitled.

The IRS has five filing status options for taxpayers: 

Single

You can file as Single if you don’t qualify for any other filing status and are not legally married. If you are divorced or legally separated, you may file as Single. 

Married Filing Jointly

A married couple can file a tax return together by choosing the Married Filing Jointly status. If your spouse passed away during the year for which you are filing your tax return, you may still file as Married Filing Jointly. You don’t have to live with your spouse to file a joint return.

Tip/Help

Your marital status is determined by whether or not you’re married on the last day of the calendar year.

Married Filing Separately

Married couples have the option of filing their returns separately, meaning each person would claim their own income and deductions on their return. Filing separate returns means only the individual on the tax return is liable to the IRS for any tax bills and errors on the return. However, this filing status has the highest taxes, least allowed credits and deductions and can make more of the income taxable in many circumstances such as Social Security benefits and your reduce your standard deduction amount to zero if the other spouse is itemizing deductions. 

Head of Household

Taxpayers can file as Head of Household if they are not married and have paid more than half the cost of maintaining a household for themselves and a qualifying dependent. Certain taxpayers who are married but lived apart from their spouse for at least the last six months of the year and who had a dependent child living with them for more than half the year (as well as paying more than half the cost of maintaining a household), may also qualify as Head of Household. 

Qualifying Widow(er)

If your spouse passed away in the two years before this tax year, you may file as a Qualifying Widow(er). This filing status allows you to use the Married Filing Jointly standard deduction and tax rates.

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