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josh1978-matern
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My divorce was finalized in may 2020. I was head of household until that point; since i have to file as single how do i get credit for those 5 months on tax credit

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

My divorce was finalized in may 2020. I was head of household until that point; since i have to file as single how do i get credit for those 5 months on tax credit

If you were not legally married on 12/31/2020 and you do not have a dependent child to claim as a dependent on your tax return then your filing status is Single.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

My divorce was finalized in may 2020. I was head of household until that point; since i have to file as single how do i get credit for those 5 months on tax credit

You do not.   Your filing status for 2020 goes by whatever it was on the last day of 2020.  There is no such thing as splitting your filing status for part of the year.  If you were Single at the end of 2020 and are not the custodial parent then you file as Single for 2020.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Opus 17
Level 15

My divorce was finalized in may 2020. I was head of household until that point; since i have to file as single how do i get credit for those 5 months on tax credit

If you provided care in your home for a qualifying person, usually a child dependent, who lived in the home with you more than half the year, and if you paid more than half the cost of keeping up your household, you can still file as Head of Household.  That status applies to single parents, and other single people who provide care for certain dependents, just as well as it applies to persons who are married but separated.  The personal and dependent interview in Turbotax will give you the HOH status if you answer all the questions correctly and you qualify.

 

If you do not qualify to file as HOH, and you file as single, that status applies for the whole year.  There is never partial credit for getting married, divorced, etc. in mid-year.  Your tax return is always filed based on your facts and circumstances as of December 31. 

*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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