Since my husband is the only member of the family who's employed, should he file as head of household?

Unless you and your husband lived apart for at least the last six months of the year, you'll file as either of these:

  • Married filing jointly (MFJ)
  • Married filing separately (MFS)

Neither of you should be claiming head of household filing status if you lived together at any point in the last six months of the tax year. Married filing jointly usually has better tax consequences than filing head of household.

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