I have a question about changing tax filing status. If my W-4 states I’m married, can I file taxes as single?
Regarding changing tax filing status, yes, if you’re really single, you can file taxes as single. Your 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 taxes 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:
- Legally separated from your spouse
- You don’t qualify for another filing status.
You are considered insolvent if you owe more than the value of your assets. This can be important if you received IRS Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt.
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