Identifying your filing status helps us figure out what tax bracket you fall into. Read the descriptions to see which one best describes your situation.

Single: You are unmarried or legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree (as of the last day of the year), and you do not qualify for another filing status.

Married Filing Jointly: You are married and both you and your spouse agree to file a joint return. 

Married Filing Separately: You must be married. This method may benefit you if you want to be responsible only for your own taxes or if this method results in less taxes than a joint return. If you and your spouse do not agree to file a joint return, you may have to use this filing status.

Head of Household: You must meet the following requirements: 

  1. You are unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. 

  2. You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. 

  3. A qualifying person lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except temporary absences, such as school). However, a dependent parent does not have to live with you.

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