Tag Archives: Filing Status

Determining Your Correct Filing Status

Courtesy of the IRS It’s important to use the correct filing status when filing your income tax return. It can impact the tax benefits you receive, the amount of your standard deduction and the amount of taxes you pay. It may even impact whether you must file a federal income tax return. Are you single, […]

Supporting Family

Today TaxMama® hears from Sue in the Tax Quips Forum with this issue. “My parents are both unemployed and lived with me all year. My dad did receive unemployment, but it was about $3,300 for the entire year – my mom did not receive any unemployment. My younger sisters also lived with me – they […]

Husband Passed Away

Today TaxMama® hears from Jeanne in the TaxQuips Forum, with a sad question.  “My husband passed away in May 2012. Could I file as head of household? And can I claim him for the full year?  He had income from SSI which had no taxes taken out.”

Wife Filed Alone

Today TaxMama® hears from Francis in the TaxQuips Forum with this problem. “For some reason that only she understands, my wife decided to filed separately, as head of household (she is working and I am not as I lost my job for health troubles). I filed as married filing separately with no income to declare. […]

Child Tax Credit Trick

Today TaxMama® hears from Gary in the TaxQuips Forum with a brilliant observation. “I was working on a tax return for a married couple with income too high to receive the $1,000 Child credit. I have found (just recently) that if one of the spouses has a much lower income, or no income, filing them […]

Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

Free tax return preparation assistance is available for eligible military members and their spouses. The IRS and U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families. Here are five things you need to know […]

Separated

  Today TaxMama hears from Michael in the TaxQuips Forum, with a brief question. “My wife and I are separated, although not legally. May I file a 2009 and 2010 tax return separately? Can it later be amended to jointly?”  

Filing Frustrations

  Today TaxMama hears from Myra in the TaxQuips Forum with lots of questions. “I filed an extension. How should I file at year end? Single, married but filing at a single rate, or jointly.  My husband receives Social Security disability. I file from a K-1.  I have large amounts of deductions.  I also can […]

Getting Married Now or Later

Today TaxMama hears from Robyn in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs to make a decision. Essentially, it boils down to should my boyfriend and I get married this year or not, in order to get the best tax advantage. They have a child together – and one that is just hers. Read the details here. […]

Spouse as Dependent

Today TaxMama hears from Jerry in Colorado, with a surprisingly common question. “What allows a spouse to claim the other as a dependent and how is the ‘dependent spouse’s Social Security income accounted for? What would be the filing status of the ‘supporting spouse’ [married, married filing separate, other]?”