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gooseygal
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I am assisting my son with filing his tax returns and he wants to know the tax rates on his earnings; I have his w-2.

He was married, not now, but can he file separately and claim one of his children as a dependent?  He is presently incarcerated and I have power of attorney for final items.
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IsabellaG
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I am assisting my son with filing his tax returns and he wants to know the tax rates on his earnings; I have his w-2.

If he was married at the end of 2017, he would have to file Married Filing Separately,unless his ex was willing to file a joint return with him. 

If he was already divorced at the end of 2017, he'd file as Single.

If he was separated from his spouse for all or part of 2017, the custodial parent (the one the children lived with for the most days of the year) is the one who can claim the children. If he was not the custodial parent, he'd have to get a  Form 8332  signed by the custodial parent giving him the right to claim the child.

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IsabellaG
Employee Tax Expert

I am assisting my son with filing his tax returns and he wants to know the tax rates on his earnings; I have his w-2.

If he was married at the end of 2017, he would have to file Married Filing Separately,unless his ex was willing to file a joint return with him. 

If he was already divorced at the end of 2017, he'd file as Single.

If he was separated from his spouse for all or part of 2017, the custodial parent (the one the children lived with for the most days of the year) is the one who can claim the children. If he was not the custodial parent, he'd have to get a  Form 8332  signed by the custodial parent giving him the right to claim the child.

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