Tax Filing Help
 

Married Filing Head of Household

Many married taxpayers are now aware that they can be married and filing head of household. Can you file head of household if married? is a common question among married taxpayers. Filing head of household after getting married may result in lower taxes owed to the IRS if qualified.

If the taxpayer is married and decides not to file jointly with his or her spouse, he or she may qualify to file as a head of household. However, if the taxpayer chooses to file jointly, he or she cannot file as a head of household.

If the taxpayer has paid over half of the cost of keeping up the home for the whole year, then the next question to ask is if the taxpayer's spouse lived in the taxpayer's house any time during the last 6 months of the year.

Did your spouse lived in your home any time in the last 6 months?  Filing with spouse? YES Married filing separately tax status

Married but not filing with spouse

 NO

Was your home the main home for more than 6 months for dependent child?  Filing with spouse? NO Married filing separately tax status

Married but not filing with spouse

 YES

Head of household