am i better filing single or head of household. i am single and have been divorced for 12 years my children are all grown up so there is nothing to claim there

    In order to claim Head of Household one of the requirements is you have to have A “qualifying person” lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school).  You would have to file as Single.

    You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements:


    - You are unmarried or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year.

    - You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year.

    - A “qualifying person” lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). However, if the “qualifying person” is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you.


    The person who qualified you for Head of Household must be a blood relative.

    • This doesn't make any sense at all! I have always filed head of house hold for over 15 years. I meet all of the requirements, is there anyway that I can start over?
    • If you are using the Online version to clear your return & start over (as long as you have not filed or paid yet)

      - click Home. This will put you on the Welcome Back screen.
      - In the We can also help you... section in the lower-left corner, you can either:
              - Select Clear your 2012 return and start over if you want to start from scratch, or
              - Select Clear your 2012 return and re-transfer your data, if you want to clear  
                 everything except what transferred over from your 2011 Online return
      - Click Yes to confirm.
      - When you see the message Your return has been cleared, click Continue and then click Start

      If you are using the Desktop version you can delete the return & start a new one.  
      - Open TurboTax program
      - Under the Continue a Tax Return box, click on the blue Find a Tax file link
      - A list of your tax returns will show in the Open Tax Return box
      - Right click on the return you want to remove, choose Delete


      The default location for tax return files for the desktop version is in the TurboTax directory off of the Documents directory (or they could be in the Documents directory), there will be a list of all the tax returns you prepared, right click on the one you don’t want and choose Delete
    I have provided more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year for myself and my daughter.
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