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brendabergeron73
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Since Joseph only worked a few weeks in January and grossed only $317, can I(Brenda), file for head of household and claim Joseph as a dependent?

 
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macuser_22
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Since Joseph only worked a few weeks in January and grossed only $317, can I(Brenda), file for head of household and claim Joseph as a dependent?

You cannot claim a spouse as a dependent ever, and HOH is for unmarried persons.

File a joint return (which is better then HOH anyway).   It does not matter if only one spouse had income, you each get an exemption.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**

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macuser_22
Level 15

Since Joseph only worked a few weeks in January and grossed only $317, can I(Brenda), file for head of household and claim Joseph as a dependent?

Are you related to Joseph?  HOH rules are complex and the answer to your question depends on how you are related to the person.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
brendabergeron73
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Since Joseph only worked a few weeks in January and grossed only $317, can I(Brenda), file for head of household and claim Joseph as a dependent?

he is my husband and have been married 10 years
macuser_22
Level 15

Since Joseph only worked a few weeks in January and grossed only $317, can I(Brenda), file for head of household and claim Joseph as a dependent?

You cannot claim a spouse as a dependent ever, and HOH is for unmarried persons.

File a joint return (which is better then HOH anyway).   It does not matter if only one spouse had income, you each get an exemption.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**

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