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cjtat150
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Me and estranged spouse live in nj and there is no such thing as a legal separation in nj...i have not lived with him for years. how can i file...he will be itemizing

 
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bwa
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Me and estranged spouse live in nj and there is no such thing as a legal separation in nj...i have not lived with him for years. how can i file...he will be itemizing

If you are not divorced on the last day of the tax year, your filing status choices are

  • Married filing jointly,
  • Married filing separately,
  • Or, if you qualify, Head of Household.  You are considered unmarried for HOH if you lived apart from your spouse for the entire last 1/2 of the year, You provide more than 1/2 of the cost of maintaining a residence for you and a qualifying relative and you have a qualifying relative (such as your child) living with you for more than 1/2 of the year . If the child is your qualifying child, you do not need to claim them as a dependent.

If you meet the definition of Head of Household, you don't have to itemize deductions if you don't want to.


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bwa
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Me and estranged spouse live in nj and there is no such thing as a legal separation in nj...i have not lived with him for years. how can i file...he will be itemizing

If you are not divorced on the last day of the tax year, your filing status choices are

  • Married filing jointly,
  • Married filing separately,
  • Or, if you qualify, Head of Household.  You are considered unmarried for HOH if you lived apart from your spouse for the entire last 1/2 of the year, You provide more than 1/2 of the cost of maintaining a residence for you and a qualifying relative and you have a qualifying relative (such as your child) living with you for more than 1/2 of the year . If the child is your qualifying child, you do not need to claim them as a dependent.

If you meet the definition of Head of Household, you don't have to itemize deductions if you don't want to.


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