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evanmatson
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My wife is an at home mother. Would I file jointly and add head of household?

 
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MichaelDC
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My wife is an at home mother. Would I file jointly and add head of household?

When you are married, there are only two choice for filing status: Married Filing Jointly and Married Filing Separately. Head of Household requires you to be unmarried (with a very rare exception when you don't live together the last 6 months of the year).

There probably is no benefit to Married Filing Separately in your case.

Although there is no one answer since every situation is different, generally filing jointly will give you a bigger refund or less taxes due. When you file separately, your tax rate is higher and you won't be able to claim:

On top of that, if you live in the community property states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin, you have to deal with community property allocations and adjustments, which adds extra work and complexity to your tax preparation chores.

Tip: Only taxpayers who were still legally married as of December 31, 2017 are able to file as marrieds, whether jointly or separately.

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