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#72871 - 02/04/06 01:32 AM Do I file as Head of Household or Single???
healthdiet Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 1
Divorced Sept2004. 1 child. Shared custody.
I have custody 3 nights per week. My Ex has the other 4 nights. She is the primary parent. I pay her Child Support.
Every year we switch who can claim our son as a deduction. This year it's my turn. my Filing Status for my taxes "Single" or Head of Household"?
According to the IRS "you provided more than half the cost of maintaining as your home a household that was the main home for a qualifying child for more than one half of your tax year."
Can I file as Head of Household?

#72872 - 02/04/06 04:09 AM Re: Do I file as Head of Household or Single??? [Re: healthdiet]
hippie1981 Offline

Registered: 09/28/05
Posts: 1304
Loc: Wisconsin
You didn't provide more then 50%...your ex did. So, therefore you would file as single.

#72873 - 02/04/06 04:09 PM Re: Do I file as Head of Household or Single??? [Re: hippie1981]
JennyLynn Offline
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Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 31656
Actually hippie he might have. It depends on how much he pays in CS, and what percentage of other things he pays.

#72874 - 02/05/06 04:12 PM IRS TAX BOOKLET [Re: healthdiet]
Annie7676 Offline
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Registered: 06/05/05
Posts: 933
Loc: NY
There is an IRS tax booklet that discusses this in more detail. go to and do a search for head of household.

#72875 - 02/28/06 03:58 AM Re: IRS TAX BOOKLET [Re: Annie7676]
overtherainbow Offline

Registered: 10/23/04
Posts: 268
Loc: New England
Single. The IRS is really cracking down on folks that are using HH fraudulently and there is nothing like an HH that will make them send you a letter and keep you under an audit watch for years. Believe me you are single with one dependent this year.


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