It's my ex-spouse's year to claim our child, but our child lived with me all year. I want to file as head of household. Can I do this?

If you signed a Form 8332 to release the exemption, your ex-spouse will have the right to claim the child for these:

  • Child tax credit
  • Dependency exemption

Since your child lived with you longer during the year, you’re considered the custodial parent. So, you might be qualified for these:

  • Head of household filing status
  • Earned Income Credit (EIC) and child and dependent care credit

You’ll still want to make sure you’re not violating your divorce decree.

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Calculators

So how much will you get (or owe) this year? That’s the million-dollar question. We happen to have three very useful calculators to help you estimate your refund or balance due.

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