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How to use Head of Household Status to File your Taxes

The head of household filing status is one that few people understand. But it is important to understand all of your filing options to minimize the taxes you owe. If you meet the criteria to qualify, head of household status can result in lower taxes than single status. To qualify, a taxpayer must:

  • Be unmarried during the tax filing year
  • Have a dependent or qualifying child
  • Pay over half of the expenses of the household

As with many tax issues, there are specific definitions for some of these that are important to understand when deciding if you qualify for head of household status. These are explained in more detail below.

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