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midnight6687
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Head of household is not an option, It only gives me single, married,divorced, legally separated and widowed. How do I file head of household?

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

Head of household is not an option, It only gives me single, married,divorced, legally separated and widowed. How do I file head of household?

If you are not married then you enter Single.  If you are legally married then you are Married.

Enter your dependent.  The program will ask you questions to determine if you are eligible for Head of Household filing status.

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DoninGA
Level 15

Head of household is not an option, It only gives me single, married,divorced, legally separated and widowed. How do I file head of household?

If you are not married then you enter Single.  If you are legally married then you are Married.

Enter your dependent.  The program will ask you questions to determine if you are eligible for Head of Household filing status.

NCperson
Level 15

Head of household is not an option, It only gives me single, married,divorced, legally separated and widowed. How do I file head of household?

HOH really only works in these situations

 

1) you are not married but have dependents

 

2) you are married but have been separated for at least 6 months (and each state may have different rules that defines when the 6 months begins - in some states a judicial order begins the 6 month period).

 

for example, if you were legally married on 12/31/19 and you spouse walked out on you in late July, 2019 you are either married-joint or married-separate.  HOH is not an option. 

Critter
Level 15

Head of household is not an option, It only gives me single, married,divorced, legally separated and widowed. How do I file head of household?

OK ... read that screen (and every screen)  slowly ... it asks for your MARITAL Status not your FILING status at this point.  Later in the interview, AFTER you have entered in a qualifying child, you may be offered the HOH filing status.  

 

marital status.jpg

 

 

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