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Ask A CPA - Head of Household

I Am Unmarried With A Child. Do I File Using The Filing Status Single, Head Of Household Or Widow(Er)?

If you are unmarried at the end of the year, you may be able to file as a head of household or widower if you pay for more than 50% of the household costs for the child or relative that lives with you. You may file as a widow(er) if you became a widow(er) in the 2 prior tax years, and in the current tax year you paid more than 50% of the household costs for you and the dependent child. The tax rates for widow(er) and head of household are more favorable than filing as a single.

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