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ramreddy0505
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I am filing taxes as head of the household and filing taxes by mail. Do I need to add my spouse signature to my tax return

I am filing taxes as head of the household and sending return by mail. Do I need to add my spouse signature to my tax return

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Phillip1
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I am filing taxes as head of the household and filing taxes by mail. Do I need to add my spouse signature to my tax return

If you are filing head of household, you do not need a spouses signature. The only time a spouse signs a tax return is when there is a Married Filing Joint income tax return.

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Phillip1
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I am filing taxes as head of the household and filing taxes by mail. Do I need to add my spouse signature to my tax return

If you are filing head of household, you do not need a spouses signature. The only time a spouse signs a tax return is when there is a Married Filing Joint income tax return.

Opus 17
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I am filing taxes as head of the household and filing taxes by mail. Do I need to add my spouse signature to my tax return

No, your spouse does not sign an HOH tax return.

But,

You can only file as HOH if you have lived separately for at least all of the last 6 months of 2016.  HOH is designed mainly for single parents and for marital separations, although it can sometimes be used when one spouse is incarcerated or out of the country on military service.

So I am a bit concerned that if your spouse is available and willing to sign the HOH return, you may not meet the requirement that you be living apart.  Make sure you really are allowed to file HOH.

The rules and definitions are here https://www.irs.gov/uac/about-publication-501

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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