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If you and your spouse lived apart for the entire last 6 months of the year, you may qualify to file as head of household. HOH filing status allows EIC.
Here are the overall requirements for HOH:
1. You are not married or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year. You are considered unmarried if you lived apart from your spouse the entire last 6 months of the year.
2. If "considered unmarried" you file a separate return from your spouse.
3. You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the year.
4. You have a qualifying child (whether or not you claim the dependency exemption) or you claim a dependency exemption for a “qualifying person” who is related to you and who lived with you in the home for more than half the year. An exception is a parent does not have to live with you to be a qualifying person.
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