James D. Lynch
Can You File as Head of Household?
The Head of Household filing status can lead to a lower taxable income and greater potential refund than the Single filing status. However, you must meet certain criteria. To file as Head of Household:
● you must have a qualifying child or dependent,
● you must have paid for more than half of the household expenses for the year, and
● you must be considered unmarried for the tax year (i.e. you are single or in some stage of a separation).
Married taxpayers are not eligible to claim Head of Household. Married Filing Jointly is usually more advantageous than filing Head of Household anyway.