Do I Qualify for Single Filing Status?

 

Life events can often mean changes to your day-to-day, but they can also mean changes to your tax situation. Getting married or divorced during the year can change which filing status you are eligible to use when it comes to tax time. 

Wondering if your current situation qualifies you for the single filing status?  We can help. Even if you’re married now as you’re preparing your return, it’s your marriage status from the last day of last year that matters.  In other words, if you weren’t married on Dec. 31, 2021, you can use the single filing status.

Considerations for Filing as Head of Household vs. Filing as Single on Taxes

In certain cases, the single tax filing status might not be your only option. You might be able to save money on your taxes by filing as head of household or qualifying widow(er) if both of these apply:

  • You were widowed, divorced, or legally separated on Dec. 31, 2021.
  • You provided support to dependents.

Still not sure which tax status applies to you? Our knowledgeable tax pros can help you understand the filing statuses you might be eligible for, and which one is the best for your situation.  Visit your local H&R Block tax office to make an appointment.

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