If my W-4 states I'm married, can I file as single?
Yes, if you're really single. Your Form W-4 only gives your employer information so it knows how much to withhold from your paycheck. So, no matter what you claim on your W-4, it doesn't affect your filing status.
You can file as single if both of these apply on Dec. 31:
You have a divorce decree or a separate maintenance decree under which you’re either:
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