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lteedw
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My wife is unemployed and I support her, I will be filing single this year. Can I put my wife's name down as a dependent?

 
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IreneS
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My wife is unemployed and I support her, I will be filing single this year. Can I put my wife's name down as a dependent?

UPDATED FOR TAX YEAR 2019

 

No - You cannot claim your wife as a dependent.  You should still file "married filing jointly" even if you wife has no income.  You cannot file "single" if you were married.

 

 

Married Filing Jointly is usually better than filing separately. When you file a joint return are normally  eligible for more credits (child tax credit, education credits, earned income credit, child and dependent care credit).

 

[Edited | 4/14/2020 |  7:33am PDT]

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IreneS
Intuit Alumni

My wife is unemployed and I support her, I will be filing single this year. Can I put my wife's name down as a dependent?

UPDATED FOR TAX YEAR 2019

 

No - You cannot claim your wife as a dependent.  You should still file "married filing jointly" even if you wife has no income.  You cannot file "single" if you were married.

 

 

Married Filing Jointly is usually better than filing separately. When you file a joint return are normally  eligible for more credits (child tax credit, education credits, earned income credit, child and dependent care credit).

 

[Edited | 4/14/2020 |  7:33am PDT]

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