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Filing Status

Filing Status Requirements

Topic Activity

How Would You Respond?

Latricia comes into the tax center and needs help figuring out her tax filing status. Follow along in the conversation, and then answer each question. Click here to listen to the conversation.

Click here if you want to refer to the decision tree and the interview tips in Publication 4012, Volunteer Resource Guide.

You: Okay, so you've lived apart from your husband for three years, you're not divorced or legally separated, and you file separate returns. Do you have any children you supported during the year?

Latricia: Yes, I supported Cherie, our six-year-old daughter.

How would you respond?

Okay, then you should file as Head of Household.
Okay, then you should file as Married Filing Separately.
Did Cherie live with you for more than half the year during the tax year?


Latricia.
Determination of Filing Status - Decision Tree

Determination of Filing Status - Decision Tree