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: If on the last day of the year, you are unmarried or legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree, 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:
- You are unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year.
- You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year.
- A qualifying person lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except temporary absences, such as school). However, your dependent parent does not have to live with you.