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  • Knowing your tax filing status is very important. The IRS will reject your tax return filing if you file with an incorrect tax filing status.
  • Below is a flowchart that helps taxpayers determine what tax return filing status he or she should use when filing his or her tax return.
  • When a taxpayer is married, there are two tax filing status he or she could choose. The first tax filing status for a married person is married filing jointly and the second if married filing separately.
  • 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.
  • If a taxpayer's spouse died, then the taxpayer is considered a widow or widower. A widow or widower tax filing status will result in higher tax deductions and tax credit than filing as a single taxpayer or filing as a married filing separately taxpayer.
  • There are different tax filing status for widows and widowers. First of all widows or widowers can continue to file their tax returns using married filing jointly tax filing status if their spouses died during the current tax year.
  • A tax return for a widow taxpayer can be filed as a single status, married filing jointly, qualifying widow or widower with dependent child, married filing separately or even head of household depending on circumstances.
  • Not all widows and widowers are entitled to file using the head of household tax filing status or the qualifying widow or widower tax filing status.
  • If a taxpayer is single or unmarried, he or she does not necessarily have to file his or her tax return as a single taxpayer.
  • The tax laws' definition of a dependent is very important when figuring out what tax filing status a taxpayer can file as and when claiming tax exemptions for a dependent.
  • Most qualifying dependents are qualifying children of taxpayers. To claim a dependent as a qualifying child dependent, the taxpayer must not be a dependent himself or herself.
  • If a person who you are supporting is not qualified as a qualifying child dependent, you may still be able to claim tax exemption for him or her as a dependent if he or she meets the qualifying relative dependent tests.
  • Some taxpayers think that children or relatives can only be considered dependents if they actually lived with them.