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verdugo19
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So I was divorced and married in the same year is it best to file separately or jointly?

So me and my spouse have our own kids from our previous marriage  is it best to file separately or jointly
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TomK100
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So I was divorced and married in the same year is it best to file separately or jointly?

If you were legally divorced before 12/31/2019, your filing options are Single or Head of Household (if you qualify).

 

You can qualify for Head of Household if you:

  1. Were unmarried as of December 31 this year and
  2. Paid more than half the cost to run your (or a qualifying parent's) home this year(rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.) and
  3. Supported a qualifying person.

If you were still legally married as of December 31 and a child lives with you, you can qualify for Head of Household under a slightly different set of rules. Read more

 

After you answer all the questions about yourself and your dependents at the beginning of your return, we'll let you know if your situation qualifies for Head of Household.

 

You can also revisit these questions by selecting My Info (online) or Personal Info (software), and then selecting Edit next to your name or your dependent's.

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TomK100
Expert Alumni

So I was divorced and married in the same year is it best to file separately or jointly?

If you were legally divorced before 12/31/2019, your filing options are Single or Head of Household (if you qualify).

 

You can qualify for Head of Household if you:

  1. Were unmarried as of December 31 this year and
  2. Paid more than half the cost to run your (or a qualifying parent's) home this year(rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.) and
  3. Supported a qualifying person.

If you were still legally married as of December 31 and a child lives with you, you can qualify for Head of Household under a slightly different set of rules. Read more

 

After you answer all the questions about yourself and your dependents at the beginning of your return, we'll let you know if your situation qualifies for Head of Household.

 

You can also revisit these questions by selecting My Info (online) or Personal Info (software), and then selecting Edit next to your name or your dependent's.

**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"
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