Tax tip: Clearing up confusion about Head of Household - KOTA Territory News

Tax tip: Clearing up confusion about Head of Household

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By Barrett Phillips

Certified Public Accountant, Kevin Sickels says there is often confusion about the Head of Household status.

If you chose Head of Household it can lead to a lower taxable income and greater potential refund than the single filing status but to qualify, you must meet certain criteria.

To file as Head of Household:

-you must pay for more than half of the household expenses

-be considered unmarried for the tax year

-must have a qualifying child or dependent

Sickels says there is one exception.

"There is one place that does allow you to file as Head of Household, even if you are married, and that's if you are separated. As long as you live apart for a majority of the year, you can still claim Head of Household," said Sickels.

Sickels says you can save $300 or more if you claim Head of Household.

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