The IRS offers these 5 tax filing statuses:
- Married filing jointly
- Married filing separately
- Head of household
- Qualifying surviving spouse
You may qualify for more than one tax filing status. For example, a single (unmarried) person isn't necessarily restricted to the single filing status. They may be able to file as Head of Household or Qualifying surviving spouse, assuming those qualifications are met.
Likewise, someone who was legally married as of December 31, 2023 could file as married jointly, married separately, or head of household (again, if they meet the qualifications).
If more than one filing status applies to you, we'll choose the one that gives you the biggest tax break.
This video from our TurboTax Community Tax Experts explains how your filing status might affect your refund for tax year 2023.