What is the IRS and State Tax Return Filing Status?

When you prepare and file a tax return, you need to select a filing status. Your filing status is determined by your relationship status (single or married). Though your choice of filing status is limited, there are distinct options within each filing status. Our Taxpert tool is very intuitive and makes selecting a filing status very easy for any taxpayer who does not want to read detailed tax instructions. Answer a few basic easy-to-understand tax questions and you will know your filing status.

If you do not wish to read about filing status options, click the link below to use the Taxpert Tax Filing Status Tool now: 

What Should My Tax Filing Status Be?

What Are the Filing Status Options for Singles?

Select either Single or Head of Household as your filing status. 

What is the Head of Household Filing Status? 

You qualify for this status if you are single and have a qualifying dependent. Find out if you qualify for the status by using our free HOHucator Head of Household filing status tool

What Are the Filing Status Options for Married People?

File as either Married Filing Jointly or Separately.

When Am I Considered Single?

You are Single if you were not married on or before December 31 of the Tax Year. For example, if in 2018 you prepared your 2017 tax return and you were not married by December 31, 2017, you are single for the 2017 tax return.

I Am Filing a 2016 Tax Return. When Am I Single on My 2016 Return?

II you were single on December 31, 2016 (not married on any day in 2016) you are considered single for your 2016 tax return. This applies to any previous year tax returns you are preparing and filing. 

When Am I Considered Married?

Your filing status is Married if you were married on or before December 31 of the Tax Year. Therefore, if you are preparing your 2017 return in 2018 and you were married by December 31, 2017, you are considered married on your 2017 tax return.

If I Am Filing a 2014 Tax Return, When Am I Considered Married on My 2014 Return?

II you were married on or before December 31, 2014, you are considered married on your 2014 tax return. This applies to any previous year tax returns you are preparing and filing. 

What If My Spouse Died During the Tax Year?

You are considered married for your tax return. For example, if your spouse died in 2017, you can file joint returns for 2017 and 2018. After those years, you can file as Single.

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