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Free efile state taxes 2. Free efile state taxes   Filing Status Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Marital StatusDivorced persons. Free efile state taxes Divorce and remarriage. Free efile state taxes Annulled marriages. Free efile state taxes Head of household or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Free efile state taxes Considered married. Free efile state taxes Same-sex marriage. Free efile state taxes Spouse died during the year. Free efile state taxes Married persons living apart. Free efile state taxes Single Married Filing JointlyFiling a Joint Return Married Filing SeparatelySpecial Rules Head of HouseholdConsidered Unmarried Keeping Up a Home Qualifying Person Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child What's New Filing status for same-sex married couples. Free efile state taxes  If you have a same-sex spouse whom you legally married in a state (or foreign country) that recognizes same-sex marriage, you and your spouse generally must use the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status on your 2013 return, even if you and your spouse now live in a state (or foreign country) that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Free efile state taxes See Same-sex marriage under Marital Status, later. Free efile state taxes Introduction This chapter helps you determine which filing status to use. Free efile state taxes There are five filing statuses. Free efile state taxes Single. Free efile state taxes Married Filing Jointly. Free efile state taxes Married Filing Separately. Free efile state taxes Head of Household. Free efile state taxes Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child. Free efile state taxes If more than one filing status applies to you, choose the one that will give you the lowest tax. Free efile state taxes You must determine your filing status before you can determine whether you must file a tax return (chapter 1), your standard deduction (chapter 20), and your tax (chapter 30). Free efile state taxes You also use your filing status to determine whether you are eligible to claim certain deductions and credits. Free efile state taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 501 Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information 519 U. Free efile state taxes S. Free efile state taxes Tax Guide for Aliens 555 Community Property Marital Status In general, your filing status depends on whether you are considered unmarried or married. Free efile state taxes Unmarried persons. Free efile state taxes   You are considered unmarried for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you are unmarried or legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree. Free efile state taxes State law governs whether you are married or legally separated under a divorce or separate maintenance decree. Free efile state taxes Divorced persons. Free efile state taxes   If you are divorced under a final decree by the last day of the year, you are considered unmarried for the whole year. Free efile state taxes Divorce and remarriage. Free efile state taxes   If you obtain a divorce for the sole purpose of filing tax returns as unmarried individuals, and at the time of divorce you intend to and do, in fact, remarry each other in the next tax year, you and your spouse must file as married individuals in both years. Free efile state taxes Annulled marriages. Free efile state taxes    If you obtain a court decree of annulment, which holds that no valid marriage ever existed, you are considered unmarried even if you filed joint returns for earlier years. Free efile state taxes You must file Form 1040X, Amended U. Free efile state taxes S. Free efile state taxes Individual Income Tax Return, claiming single or head of household status for all tax years that are affected by the annulment and are not closed by the statute of limitations for filing a tax return. Free efile state taxes Generally, for a credit or refund, you must file Form 1040X within 3 years (including extensions) after the date you filed your original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Free efile state taxes If you filed your original return early (for example, March 1), your return is considered filed on the due date (generally April 15). Free efile state taxes However, if you had an extension to file (for example, until October 15) but you filed earlier and we received it on July 1, your return is considered filed on July 1. Free efile state taxes Head of household or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Free efile state taxes   If you are considered unmarried, you may be able to file as a head of household or as a qualifying widow(er) with a dependent child. Free efile state taxes See Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child to see if you qualify. Free efile state taxes Married persons. Free efile state taxes   If you are considered married, you and your spouse can file a joint return or separate returns. Free efile state taxes Considered married. Free efile state taxes   You are considered married for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you and your spouse meet any one of the following tests. Free efile state taxes You are married and living together as a married couple. Free efile state taxes You are living together in a common law marriage recognized in the state where you now live or in the state where the common law marriage began. Free efile state taxes You are married and living apart, but not legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance. Free efile state taxes You are separated under an interlocutory (not final) decree of divorce. Free efile state taxes Same-sex marriage. Free efile state taxes   For federal tax purposes, individuals of the same sex are considered married if they were lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if the state (or foreign country) in which they now live does not recognize same-sex marriage. Free efile state taxes The term “spouse” includes an individual married to a person of the same sex if the couple is lawfully married under state (or foreign) law. Free efile state taxes However, individuals who have entered into a registered domestic partnership, civil union, or other similar relationship that is not considered a marriage under state (or foreign) law are not considered married for federal tax purposes. Free efile state taxes For more details, see Publication 501. Free efile state taxes Spouse died during the year. Free efile state taxes   If your spouse died during the year, you are considered married for the whole year for filing status purposes. Free efile state taxes   If you did not remarry before the end of the tax year, you can file a joint return for yourself and your deceased spouse. Free efile state taxes For the next 2 years, you may be entitled to the special benefits described later under Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child . Free efile state taxes   If you remarried before the end of the tax year, you can file a joint return with your new spouse. Free efile state taxes Your deceased spouse's filing status is married filing separately for that year. Free efile state taxes Married persons living apart. Free efile state taxes   If you live apart from your spouse and meet certain tests, you may be able to file as head of household even if you are not divorced or legally separated. Free efile state taxes If you qualify to file as head of household instead of married filing separately, your standard deduction will be higher. Free efile state taxes Also, your tax may be lower, and you may be able to claim the earned income credit. Free efile state taxes See Head of Household , later. Free efile state taxes Single Your filing status is single if you are considered unmarried and you do not qualify for another filing status. Free efile state taxes To determine your marital status, see Marital Status , earlier. Free efile state taxes Widow(er). Free efile state taxes   Your filing status may be single if you were widowed before January 1, 2013, and did not remarry before the end of 2013. Free efile state taxes You may, however, be able to use another filing status that will give you a lower tax. Free efile state taxes See Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child , later, to see if you qualify. Free efile state taxes How to file. Free efile state taxes   You can file Form 1040. Free efile state taxes If you have taxable income of less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Free efile state taxes If, in addition, you have no dependents, and are under 65 and not blind, and meet other requirements, you can file Form 1040EZ. Free efile state taxes If you file Form 1040A or Form 1040, show your filing status as single by checking the box on line 1. Free efile state taxes Use the Single column of the Tax Table or Section A of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Free efile state taxes Married Filing Jointly You can choose married filing jointly as your filing status if you are considered married and both you and your spouse agree to file a joint return. Free efile state taxes On a joint return, you and your spouse report your combined income and deduct your combined allowable expenses. Free efile state taxes You can file a joint return even if one of you had no income or deductions. Free efile state taxes If you and your spouse decide to file a joint return, your tax may be lower than your combined tax for the other filing statuses. Free efile state taxes Also, your standard deduction (if you do not itemize deductions) may be higher, and you may qualify for tax benefits that do not apply to other filing statuses. Free efile state taxes If you and your spouse each have income, you may want to figure your tax both on a joint return and on separate returns (using the filing status of married filing separately). Free efile state taxes You can choose the method that gives the two of you the lower combined tax. Free efile state taxes How to file. Free efile state taxes   If you file as married filing jointly, you can use Form 1040. Free efile state taxes If you and your spouse have taxable income of less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Free efile state taxes If, in addition, you and your spouse have no dependents, are both under 65 and not blind, and meet other requirements, you can file Form 1040EZ. Free efile state taxes If you file Form 1040 or Form 1040A, show this filing status by checking the box on line 2. Free efile state taxes Use the Married filing jointly column of the Tax Table or Section B of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Free efile state taxes Spouse died. Free efile state taxes   If your spouse died during the year, you are considered married for the whole year and can choose married filing jointly as your filing status. Free efile state taxes See Spouse died during the year under Marital Status, earlier, for more information. Free efile state taxes   If your spouse died in 2014 before filing a 2013 return, you can choose married filing jointly as your filing status on your 2013 return. Free efile state taxes Divorced persons. Free efile state taxes   If you are divorced under a final decree by the last day of the year, you are considered unmarried for the whole year and you cannot choose married filing jointly as your filing status. Free efile state taxes Filing a Joint Return Both you and your spouse must include all of your income, exemptions, and deductions on your joint return. Free efile state taxes Accounting period. Free efile state taxes   Both of you must use the same accounting period, but you can use different accounting methods. Free efile state taxes See Accounting Periods and Accounting Methods in chapter 1. Free efile state taxes Joint responsibility. Free efile state taxes   Both of you may be held responsible, jointly and individually, for the tax and any interest or penalty due on your joint return. Free efile state taxes This means that if one spouse does not pay the tax due, the other may have to. Free efile state taxes Or, if one spouse does not report the correct tax, both spouses may be responsible for any additional taxes assessed by the IRS. Free efile state taxes One spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse. Free efile state taxes You may want to file separately if: You believe your spouse is not reporting all of his or her income, or You do not want to be responsible for any taxes due if your spouse does not have enough tax withheld or does not pay enough estimated tax. Free efile state taxes Divorced taxpayer. Free efile state taxes   You may be held jointly and individually responsible for any tax, interest, and penalties due on a joint return filed before your divorce. Free efile state taxes This responsibility may apply even if your divorce decree states that your former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns. Free efile state taxes Relief from joint responsibility. Free efile state taxes   In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint responsibility for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse that were incorrectly reported on the joint return. Free efile state taxes You can ask for relief no matter how small the liability. Free efile state taxes   There are three types of relief available. Free efile state taxes Innocent spouse relief. Free efile state taxes Separation of liability (available only to joint filers who are divorced, widowed, legally separated, or have not lived together for the 12 months ending on the date the election for this relief is filed). Free efile state taxes Equitable relief. Free efile state taxes    You must file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, to request relief from joint responsibility. Free efile state taxes Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, explains these kinds of relief and who may qualify for them. Free efile state taxes Signing a joint return. Free efile state taxes   For a return to be considered a joint return, both spouses generally must sign the return. Free efile state taxes Spouse died before signing. Free efile state taxes   If your spouse died before signing the return, the executor or administrator must sign the return for your spouse. Free efile state taxes If neither you nor anyone else has yet been appointed as executor or administrator, you can sign the return for your spouse and enter “Filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return. Free efile state taxes Spouse away from home. Free efile state taxes   If your spouse is away from home, you should prepare the return, sign it, and send it to your spouse to sign so that it can be filed on time. Free efile state taxes Injury or disease prevents signing. Free efile state taxes   If your spouse cannot sign because of disease or injury and tells you to sign for him or her, you can sign your spouse's name in the proper space on the return followed by the words “By (your name), Husband (or Wife). Free efile state taxes ” Be sure to also sign in the space provided for your signature. Free efile state taxes Attach a dated statement, signed by you, to the return. Free efile state taxes The statement should include the form number of the return you are filing, the tax year, and the reason your spouse cannot sign, and should state that your spouse has agreed to your signing for him or her. Free efile state taxes Signing as guardian of spouse. Free efile state taxes   If you are the guardian of your spouse who is mentally incompetent, you can sign the return for your spouse as guardian. Free efile state taxes Spouse in combat zone. Free efile state taxes   You can sign a joint return for your spouse if your spouse cannot sign because he or she is serving in a combat zone (such as the Persian Gulf Area, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, or Afghanistan), even if you do not have a power of attorney or other statement. Free efile state taxes Attach a signed statement to your return explaining that your spouse is serving in a combat zone. Free efile state taxes For more information on special tax rules for persons who are serving in a combat zone, or who are in missing status as a result of serving in a combat zone, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Free efile state taxes Other reasons spouse cannot sign. Free efile state taxes    If your spouse cannot sign the joint return for any other reason, you can sign for your spouse only if you are given a valid power of attorney (a legal document giving you permission to act for your spouse). Free efile state taxes Attach the power of attorney (or a copy of it) to your tax return. Free efile state taxes You can use Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. Free efile state taxes Nonresident alien or dual-status alien. Free efile state taxes   Generally, a married couple cannot file a joint return if either one is a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. Free efile state taxes However, if one spouse was a nonresident alien or dual-status alien who was married to a U. Free efile state taxes S. Free efile state taxes citizen or resident alien at the end of the year, the spouses can choose to file a joint return. Free efile state taxes If you do file a joint return, you and your spouse are both treated as U. Free efile state taxes S. Free efile state taxes residents for the entire tax year. Free efile state taxes See chapter 1 of Publication 519. Free efile state taxes Married Filing Separately You can choose married filing separately as your filing status if you are married. Free efile state taxes This filing status may benefit you if you want to be responsible only for your own tax or if it results in less tax than filing a joint return. Free efile state taxes If you and your spouse do not agree to file a joint return, you must use this filing status unless you qualify for head of household status, discussed later. Free efile state taxes You may be able to choose head of household filing status if you are considered unmarried because you live apart from your spouse and meet certain tests (explained later, under Head of Household ). Free efile state taxes This can apply to you even if you are not divorced or legally separated. Free efile state taxes If you qualify to file as head of household, instead of as married filing separately, your tax may be lower, you may be able to claim the earned income credit and certain other credits, and your standard deduction will be higher. Free efile state taxes The head of household filing status allows you to choose the standard deduction even if your spouse chooses to itemize deductions. Free efile state taxes See Head of Household , later, for more information. Free efile state taxes You will generally pay more combined tax on separate returns than you would on a joint return for the reasons listed under Special Rules, later. Free efile state taxes However, unless you are required to file separately, you should figure your tax both ways (on a joint return and on separate returns). Free efile state taxes This way you can make sure you are using the filing status that results in the lowest combined tax. Free efile state taxes When figuring the combined tax of a married couple, you may want to consider state taxes as well as federal taxes. Free efile state taxes How to file. Free efile state taxes   If you file a separate return, you generally report only your own income, exemptions, credits, and deductions. Free efile state taxes You can claim an exemption for your spouse only if your spouse had no gross income, is not filing a return, and was not the dependent of another person. Free efile state taxes You can file Form 1040. Free efile state taxes If your taxable income is less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Free efile state taxes Select this filing status by checking the box on line 3 of either form. Free efile state taxes Enter your spouse's full name and SSN or ITIN in the spaces provided. Free efile state taxes If your spouse does not have and is not required to have an SSN or ITIN, enter “NRA” in the space for your spouse's SSN. Free efile state taxes Use the Married filing separately column of the Tax Table or Section C of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Free efile state taxes Special Rules If you choose married filing separately as your filing status, the following special rules apply. Free efile state taxes Because of these special rules, you usually pay more tax on a separate return than if you use another filing status you qualify for. Free efile state taxes   Your tax rate generally is higher than on a joint return. Free efile state taxes Your exemption amount for figuring the alternative minimum tax is half that allowed on a joint return. Free efile state taxes You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most cases, and the amount you can exclude from income under an employer's dependent care assistance program is limited to $2,500 (instead of $5,000). Free efile state taxes If you are legally separated or living apart from your spouse, you may be able to file a separate return and still take the credit. Free efile state taxes For more information about these expenses, the credit, and the exclusion, see chapter 32. Free efile state taxes You cannot take the earned income credit. Free efile state taxes You cannot take the exclusion or credit for adoption expenses in most cases. Free efile state taxes You cannot take the education credits (the American opportunity credit and lifetime learning credit), the deduction for student loan interest, or the tuition and fees deduction. Free efile state taxes You cannot exclude any interest income from qualified U. Free efile state taxes S. Free efile state taxes savings bonds you used for higher education expenses. Free efile state taxes If you lived with your spouse at any time during the tax year: You cannot claim the credit for the elderly or the disabled, and You must include in income a greater percentage (up to 85%) of any social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits you received. Free efile state taxes The following credits and deductions are reduced at income levels half those for a joint return: The child tax credit, The retirement savings contributions credit, The deduction for personal exemptions, and Itemized deductions. Free efile state taxes Your capital loss deduction limit is $1,500 (instead of $3,000 on a joint return). Free efile state taxes If your spouse itemizes deductions, you cannot claim the standard deduction. Free efile state taxes If you can claim the standard deduction, your basic standard deduction is half the amount allowed on a joint return. Free efile state taxes Adjusted gross income (AGI) limits. Free efile state taxes   If your AGI on a separate return is lower than it would have been on a joint return, you may be able to deduct a larger amount for certain deductions that are limited by AGI, such as medical expenses. Free efile state taxes Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). Free efile state taxes   You may not be able to deduct all or part of your contributions to a traditional IRA if you or your spouse were covered by an employee retirement plan at work during the year. Free efile state taxes Your deduction is reduced or eliminated if your income is more than a certain amount. Free efile state taxes This amount is much lower for married individuals who file separately and lived together at any time during the year. Free efile state taxes For more information, see How Much Can You Deduct in chapter 17. Free efile state taxes Rental activity losses. Free efile state taxes   If you actively participated in a passive rental real estate activity that produced a loss, you generally can deduct the loss from your nonpassive income, up to $25,000. Free efile state taxes This is called a special allowance. Free efile state taxes However, married persons filing separate returns who lived together at any time during the year cannot claim this special allowance. Free efile state taxes Married persons filing separate returns who lived apart at all times during the year are each allowed a $12,500 maximum special allowance for losses from passive real estate activities. Free efile state taxes See Limits on Rental Losses in chapter 9. Free efile state taxes Community property states. Free efile state taxes   If you live in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin and file separately, your income may be considered separate income or community income for income tax purposes. Free efile state taxes See Publication 555. Free efile state taxes Joint Return After Separate Returns You can change your filing status from a separate return to a joint return by filing an amended return using Form 1040X. Free efile state taxes You generally can change to a joint return any time within 3 years from the due date of the separate return or returns. Free efile state taxes This does not include any extensions. Free efile state taxes A separate return includes a return filed by you or your spouse claiming married filing separately, single, or head of household filing status. Free efile state taxes Separate Returns After Joint Return Once you file a joint return, you cannot choose to file separate returns for that year after the due date of the return. Free efile state taxes Exception. Free efile state taxes   A personal representative for a decedent can change from a joint return elected by the surviving spouse to a separate return for the decedent. Free efile state taxes The personal representative has 1 year from the due date of the return (including extensions) to make the change. Free efile state taxes See Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators, for more information on filing a return for a decedent. Free efile state taxes Head of Household You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements. Free efile state taxes You are unmarried or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year. Free efile state taxes See Marital Status , earlier, and Considered Unmarried , later. Free efile state taxes You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Free efile state taxes A qualifying person lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). Free efile state taxes However, if the qualifying person is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you. Free efile state taxes See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person. Free efile state taxes If you qualify to file as head of household, your tax rate usually will be lower than the rates for single or married filing separately. Free efile state taxes You will also receive a higher standard deduction than if you file as single or married filing separately. Free efile state taxes Kidnapped child. Free efile state taxes   A child may qualify you to file as head of household even if the child has been kidnapped. Free efile state taxes For more information, see Publication 501. Free efile state taxes How to file. Free efile state taxes   If you file as head of household, you can use Form 1040. Free efile state taxes If your taxable income is less than $100,000, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Free efile state taxes Indicate your choice of this filing status by checking the box on line 4 of either form. Free efile state taxes Use the Head of a household column of the Tax Table or Section D of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Free efile state taxes Considered Unmarried To qualify for head of household status, you must be either unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year. Free efile state taxes You are considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year if you meet all the following tests. Free efile state taxes You file a separate return (defined earlier under Joint Return After Separate Returns ). Free efile state taxes You paid more than half the cost of keeping up your home for the tax year. Free efile state taxes Your spouse did not live in your home during the last 6 months of the tax year. Free efile state taxes Your spouse is considered to live in your home even if he or she is temporarily absent due to special circumstances. Free efile state taxes See Temporary absences , under Qualifying Person, later. Free efile state taxes Your home was the main home of your child, stepchild, or foster child for more than half the year. Free efile state taxes (See Home of qualifying person , under Qualifying Person, later, for rules applying to a child's birth, death, or temporary absence during the year. Free efile state taxes ) You must be able to claim an exemption for the child. Free efile state taxes However, you meet this test if you cannot claim the exemption only because the noncustodial parent can claim the child using the rules described in Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Qualifying Child in chapter 3, or in Support Test for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents (or Parents Who Live Apart) under Qualifying Relative in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes The general rules for claiming an exemption for a dependent are explained under Exemptions for Dependents in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes If you were considered married for part of the year and lived in a community property state (listed earlier under Married Filing Separately), special rules may apply in determining your income and expenses. Free efile state taxes See Publication 555 for more information. Free efile state taxes Nonresident alien spouse. Free efile state taxes   You are considered unmarried for head of household purposes if your spouse was a nonresident alien at any time during the year and you do not choose to treat your nonresident spouse as a resident alien. Free efile state taxes However, your spouse is not a qualifying person for head of household purposes. Free efile state taxes You must have another qualifying person and meet the other tests to be eligible to file as a head of household. Free efile state taxes Choice to treat spouse as resident. Free efile state taxes   You are considered married if you choose to treat your spouse as a resident alien. Free efile state taxes See Publication 519. Free efile state taxes Keeping Up a Home To qualify for head of household status, you must pay more than half of the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Free efile state taxes You can determine whether you paid more than half of the cost of keeping up a home by using Worksheet 2–1. Free efile state taxes Worksheet 2-1. Free efile state taxes Cost of Keeping Up a Home   Amount You Paid Total Cost Property taxes $ $ Mortgage interest expense     Rent     Utility charges     Repairs/maintenance     Property insurance     Food consumed on the premises     Other household expenses     Totals $ $ Minus total amount you paid   () Amount others paid   $ If the total amount you paid is more than the amount others paid, you meet the requirement of paying more than half the cost of keeping up the home. Free efile state taxes Costs you include. Free efile state taxes   Include in the cost of keeping up a home expenses such as rent, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, insurance on the home, repairs, utilities, and food eaten in the home. Free efile state taxes   If you used payments you received under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other public assistance programs to pay part of the cost of keeping up your home, you cannot count them as money you paid. Free efile state taxes However, you must include them in the total cost of keeping up your home to figure if you paid over half the cost. Free efile state taxes Costs you do not include. Free efile state taxes   Do not include the costs of clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, or transportation. Free efile state taxes Also, do not include the rental value of a home you own or the value of your services or those of a member of your household. Free efile state taxes Qualifying Person See Table 2-1 to see who is a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes Any person not described in Table 2-1 is not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes Table 2-1. Free efile state taxes Who Is a Qualifying Person Qualifying You To File as Head of Household?1 Caution. Free efile state taxes See the text of this chapter for the other requirements you must meet to claim head of household filing status. Free efile state taxes IF the person is your . Free efile state taxes . Free efile state taxes . Free efile state taxes   AND . Free efile state taxes . Free efile state taxes . Free efile state taxes   THEN that person is . Free efile state taxes . Free efile state taxes . Free efile state taxes qualifying child (such as a son, daughter, or grandchild who lived with you more than half the year and meets certain other tests)2   he or she is single   a qualifying person, whether or not you can claim an exemption for the person. Free efile state taxes   he or she is married and you can claim an exemption for him or her   a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes   he or she is married and you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes 3 qualifying relative4 who is your father or mother   you can claim an exemption for him or her5   a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes 6   you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes qualifying relative4 other than your father or mother (such as a grandparent, brother, or sister who meets certain tests)   he or she lived with you more than half the year, and he or she is related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in chapter 3 and you can claim an exemption for him or her5   a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes   he or she did not live with you more than half the year   not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes   he or she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in chapter 3 and is your qualifying relative only because he or she lived with you all year as a member of your household   not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes   you cannot claim an exemption for him or her   not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes 1A person cannot qualify more than one taxpayer to use the head of household filing status for the year. Free efile state taxes 2The term “qualifying child” is defined in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes Note. Free efile state taxes If you are a noncustodial parent, the term “qualifying child” for head of household filing status does not include a child who is your qualifying child for exemption purposes only because of the rules described under Children of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart) under Qualifying Child in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes If you are the custodial parent and those rules apply, the child generally is your qualifying child for head of household filing status even though the child is not a qualifying child for whom you can claim an exemption. Free efile state taxes 3This person is a qualifying person if the only reason you cannot claim the exemption is that you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return. Free efile state taxes 4The term “ qualifying relative ” is defined in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes 5If you can claim an exemption for a person only because of a multiple support agreement, that person is not a qualifying person. Free efile state taxes See Multiple Support Agreement in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes 6See Special rule for parent . Free efile state taxes Example 1—child. Free efile state taxes Your unmarried son lived with you all year and was 18 years old at the end of the year. Free efile state taxes He did not provide more than half of his own support and does not meet the tests to be a qualifying child of anyone else. Free efile state taxes As a result, he is your qualifying child (see Qualifying Child in chapter 3) and, because he is single, your qualifying person for you to claim head of household filing status. Free efile state taxes Example 2—child who is not qualifying person. Free efile state taxes The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your son was 25 years old at the end of the year and his gross income was $5,000. Free efile state taxes Because he does not meet the age test (explained under Qualifying Child in chapter 3), your son is not your qualifying child. Free efile state taxes Because he does not meet the gross income test (explained later under Qualifying Relative in chapter 3), he is not your qualifying relative. Free efile state taxes As a result, he is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Free efile state taxes Example 3—girlfriend. Free efile state taxes Your girlfriend lived with you all year. Free efile state taxes Even though she may be your qualifying relative if the gross income and support tests (explained in chapter 3) are met, she is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes because she is not related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you in chapter 3. Free efile state taxes See Table 2-1. Free efile state taxes Example 4—girlfriend's child. Free efile state taxes The facts are the same as in Example 3 except your girlfriend's 10-year-old son also lived with you all year. Free efile state taxes He is not your qualifying child and, because he is your girlfriend's qualifying child, he is not your qualifying relative (see Not a Qualifying Child Test in chapter 3). Free efile state taxes As a result, he is not your qualifying person for head of household purposes. Free efile state taxes Home of qualifying person. Free efile state taxes   Generally, the qualifying person must live with you for more than half of the year. Free efile state taxes Special rule for parent. Free efile state taxes   If your qualifying person is your father or mother, you may be eligible to file as head of household even if your father or mother does not live with you. Free efile state taxes However, you must be able to claim an exemption for your father or mother. Free efile state taxes 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. Free efile state taxes   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. Free efile state taxes Death or birth. Free efile state taxes   You may be eligible to file as head of household even if the individual who qualifies you for this filing status is born or dies during the year. Free efile state taxes If the individual is your qualifying child, the child must have lived with you for more than half the part of the year he or she was alive. Free efile state taxes If the individual is anyone else, see Publication 501. Free efile state taxes Temporary absences. Free efile state taxes   You and your qualifying person are considered to live together even if one or both of you are temporarily absent from your home due to special circumstances such as illness, education, business, vacation, or military service. Free efile state taxes It must be reasonable to assume the absent person will return to the home after the temporary absence. Free efile state taxes You must continue to keep up the home during the absence. Free efile state taxes Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child If your spouse died in 2013, you can use married filing jointly as your filing status for 2013 if you otherwise qualify to use that status. Free efile state taxes The year of death is the last year for which you can file jointly with your deceased spouse. Free efile state taxes See Married Filing Jointly , earlier. Free efile state taxes You may be eligible to use qualifying widow(er) with dependent child as your filing status for 2 years following the year your spouse died. Free efile state taxes For example, if your spouse died in 2012, and you have not remarried, you may be able to use this filing status for 2013 and 2014. Free efile state taxes This filing status entitles you to use joint return tax rates and the highest standard deduction amount (if you do not itemize deductions). Free efile state taxes It does not entitle you to file a joint return. Free efile state taxes How to file. Free efile state taxes   If you file as qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, you can use Form 1040. Free efile state taxes If you also have taxable income of less than $100,000 and meet certain other conditions, you may be able to file Form 1040A. Free efile state taxes Check the box on line 5 of either form. Free efile state taxes Use the Married filing jointly column of the Tax Table or Section B of the Tax Computation Worksheet to figure your tax. Free efile state taxes Eligibility rules. Free efile state taxes   You are eligible to file your 2013 return as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child if you meet all of the following tests. Free efile state taxes You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year your spouse died. Free efile state taxes It does not matter whether you actually filed a joint return. Free efile state taxes Your spouse died in 2011 or 2012 and you did not remarry before the end of 2013. Free efile state taxes You have a child or stepchild for whom you can claim an exemption. Free efile state taxes This does not include a foster child. Free efile state taxes This child lived in your home all year, except for temporary absences. Free efile state taxes See Temporary absences , earlier, under Head of Household. Free efile state taxes There are also exceptions, described later, for a child who was born or died during the year and for a kidnapped child. Free efile state taxes You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year. Free efile state taxes See Keeping Up a Home , earlier, under Head of Household. Free efile state taxes Example. Free efile state taxes John's wife died in 2011. Free efile state taxes John has not remarried. Free efile state taxes During 2012 and 2013, he continued to keep up a home for himself and his child, who lives with him and for whom he can claim an exemption. Free efile state taxes For 2011 he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Free efile state taxes For 2012 and 2013, he can file as qualifying widower with a dependent child. Free efile state taxes After 2013 he can file as head of household if he qualifies. Free efile state taxes Death or birth. Free efile state taxes    You may be eligible to file as a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child if the child who qualifies you for this filing status is born or dies during the year. Free efile state taxes You must have provided more than half of the cost of keeping up a home that was the child's main home during the entire part of the year he or she was alive. Free efile state taxes Kidnapped child. Free efile state taxes   A child may qualify you for qualifying widow(er) with dependent child, even if the child has been kidnapped. Free efile state taxes See Publication 501. 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Free efile state taxes 5. Free efile state taxes   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Go online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an office near you. Free efile state taxes Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or picking up a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it. Free efile state taxes Free help with your tax return. Free efile state taxes    Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Free efile state taxes The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-to-moderate income, elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Free efile state taxes The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 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