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Mar 29, 2011
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HOH or Single Filing Statues
by: Stephanie

Hello MJ,

Great question, thank you for asking.

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 absenses, such as school). However, if the "qualifying person" is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you.

Special Rule for Parent:

If your qualifying person is your father or mother, you may be eligible to file as head of household even if you father or mother does not live with you. However, you must be able to claim an exemption for your father or mother. Also, you must pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that was the main home for the entire year for your father or mother. You are keeping up a main home for your father or mother if you pay more than half the cost of keeping your parent in a rest home or home for the elderly.

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