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Which tax filing status should I use?

Tax filing status is an important factor to consider when filing your taxes. IRS offers 5 different filling status. Choose the one that suits your situation:

  1. Single: This applies to individuals who are not married, separated, or divorced as of the last day of the tax year.

  2. Married filing jointly: This option is available to couples who are legally married and choose to file their taxes together. This status may provide certain tax benefits, such as a higher standard deduction.

  3. Married filing separately: This option is available to couples who are legally married but choose to file their taxes separately. This status disqualifies the individual from most credits.

  4. Head of household: This status applies to individuals who are unmarried, have paid for more than half of the cost of maintaining a home for themselves and a qualifying dependent, and meet other eligibility requirements.

  5. Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child: This status is available to individuals who are widowed and have a dependent child. This status allows the taxpayer to use the married filing jointly tax rates and the highest standard deduction for the next two years after the spouse's death.

It is important to choose the correct filing status to avoid mistakes or penalties. Consider consulting to determine the correct status.



to determine which status is best for your situation.

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