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A preemptive PSA for the upcoming onslaught of tax posts: if you are married, neither you nor your spouse can file HOH. Being a SAHM with no income does not change this. Married people can't file HOH. It's illegal. K?

Edit: here you go, directly from IRS publication 501, which explains the filing categories. Note that you must meet ALL three requirements.

"Head of Household

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. See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person."
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by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM
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ForeverInLove
by Bronze Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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I always file us married!
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Kitschy
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM
:)

Quoting RobinBright:

You're welcome.




Quoting Kitschy:

And it begins

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malibucj
by Platinum Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM

It's not illegal if you have been separated for 6 months out of that year and provided over 50%. Even if still "legally" married. You just have to have been separated 6 months.

Fairywings1223
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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K thanks for the info. We are doing our own taxes this year.

Quoting RobinBright:

Illegal. Read the IRS.gov page that explains HOH. This is a prime example of why paying a tax service can be a huge waste of money.




Quoting Fairywings1223:

We get our taxes done and they always make dh hoh. :/

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Misheldonann
by Silver Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM
Good to know.
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Raveyk
by Bronze Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:44 PM

We have out taxes done professionally at H&R block every year and they always list one of us as HOH. So how is this illegal? And if it is why would so many professional well know tax preparers do it? They back you on every tax prep they do so I'm perfectly secure with how they file my taxes. What difference does it make when someone is listed as HOH anyway?

Kaelaasmom
by Katie on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM
Actually, you are incorrect. As long as there is a qualifying dependent, like a child, a married person CAN file HOH.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Do people really do this? Yikes.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Well, I have been breaking the law via my accountant for 16 years.
RobinBright
by Platinum Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:48 PM
That is considered unmarried by the IRS.


Quoting malibucj:

It's not illegal if you have been separated for 6 months out of that year and provided over 50%. Even if still "legally" married. You just have to have been separated 6 months.


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