Which to file, head of household or married filing separately or ....?

Last year my husband and I filed together as married. In 2012 he did not work which i claimed him and our child as dependents. Should I file this year as a head of household or married filing separately?
  • last year my husband and i were seperated,do i file married filing joint return,married filing seperately,or married filling head of household?
last year my husband and i were seperated,do i file married filing joint return,married filing seperately,or married filling head of household?

If you are not divorced, your choices are married filing jointly, married filing separately, or if you qualify, Head of Household.

Generally, you have to be single or considered unmarried to file as Head of Household, although an exception exists. The requirements for HOH are that you:

  • Are single or considered unmarried (you are considered unmarried if you are married but lived apart from your spouse for the last half of the year),
  • You provide more than 1/2 of the cost of maintaining a residence for you and a qualifying relative.
  • You have a qualifying relative (such as your child) living with you for more than 1/2 of the year .  If the child is your qualifying child, you do not need to claim them as a dependent.

    You cannot claim a spouse as a dependent.  You can, however, receive an exemption for a spouse (whether the spouse has income or not) by filing a joint return - which is the same thing.
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