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user0044221978
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If i am married but didnt live with husband at time asked. Do i put married? Or whats exactly legally seperated?

 
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SweetieJean
Level 15

If i am married but didnt live with husband at time asked. Do i put married? Or whats exactly legally seperated?

Legally separated is defined in each state's laws. Usually, it requires a signed court order.
Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

If i am married but didnt live with husband at time asked. Do i put married? Or whats exactly legally seperated?

If you are not legally separated or divorced, you have three possible filing statuses. You can choose Married Filing Jointly, if you both agree, Married Filing Separately if you don't or Head of Household if you have a qualifying child and lived apart from your spouse the last six months of the year.

Head of Household

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

  1. You are unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. See Marital Status , earlier, and Considered Unmarried , later.
  2. You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year.
  3. A qualifying person lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). However, if the qualifying person is your dependent parent, he or she doesn't have to live with you. See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person.

Qualifying Person

See Table 4 to see who is a qualifying person. Any person not described in Table 4 isn't a qualifying person

 

From <https://www.irs.gov/publications/p501#en_US_2017_publink1000220814>

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