Saturday, February 5, 2011

Head of a House Hold

Every time I fill out the tax paperwork for a new job I find myself asking them what you need to be to be the "Head of a Household".  No one else is the head of my household because I'm the only one in it so...

But, today, while scanning over the IRS website I discovered the following about 1/5 the way down the page:

Head of Household

You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all 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 for temporary absences, such as school). However, if the “qualifying person” is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you. See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person.

    Note: I am not qualified to give tax advice. I simple browsed the page and have copied and pasted a simple section. Please consult the IRS or your accountant for this information. 

    That said, I don't meet qualification for #3 so I guess I'm not the Head of a Household yet. 

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