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I retired in June of 2016, can my spouse claim me as a dependent?

Should my spouse file on the return as head of household?
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DoninGA
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I retired in June of 2016, can my spouse claim me as a dependent?

A spouse cannot be claimed as a dependent.  You should be filing as Married Filing Jointly even if one spouse has little or no income.  You receive the highest standard deduction of $12,600 and you each receive a personal exemption of $4,050

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DoninGA
Level 15

I retired in June of 2016, can my spouse claim me as a dependent?

A spouse cannot be claimed as a dependent.  You should be filing as Married Filing Jointly even if one spouse has little or no income.  You receive the highest standard deduction of $12,600 and you each receive a personal exemption of $4,050

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jerry2000
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I retired in June of 2016, can my spouse claim me as a dependent?

No.
See page 11 of IRS Publication 501 which says:

“Your spouse is never considered your dependent.”

You can find IRS Pub 501 at this link:
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

You can file as married filing jointly even if one of you has little or no income.
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