I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.
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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

Child dependent care credit if married filing separate. 

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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

These are the IRS requirements for your head of household deductions:Requirements.

You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements.

  • You are unmarried or "considered unmarried" on the last day of the year.

  • You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year.

  • A "qualifying person"  (your child) lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school).  


You are considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year if you meet all the following tests.

  • You file a separate return. A separate return includes a return claiming married filing separately, single, or head of household filing status.

  • You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the tax year.

  • Your spouse didn’t live in your home during the last 6 months of the tax year. Your spouse is considered to live in your home even if he or she is temporarily absent due to special circumstances. 

  • Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or foster child for more than half the year. 

  • You must be able to claim the child as a dependent. 

I hope this helps some.  If you fit all of the above requirements, go back through the questions about dependents.
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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

OPO also asked about "Child dependent care credit if married filing separate."
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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

correct but when I'm in the return, it says that I don't qualify and I cannot override it. I have my information, my daughters info too and although my soon to be ex wife's info is in the system, it does not show up on the return. What am I entering wrong in the personal section that is making TT not let me claim my child care expese?
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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

BTW thanks for answering!!!
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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

I cloned our info from last year. changed my status to head of household with a special circumstance
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I'm married but filing separate from my wife. I'm going head of household with my daughter. I pass the test on child dependent care expense but TT says I don't.

What is head of household with special circumstance?  You are married, but lived apart for the last six months of 2018?  How old is your daughter?
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