Mom Confessions

RobinBright
Hey, tax frauds...
January 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM
A preemptive PSA for the upcoming onslaught of tax posts: if you are married, neither you nor your spouse can file HOH. Being a SAHM with no income does not change this. Married people can't file HOH. It's illegal. K?

Edit: here you go, directly from IRS publication 501, which explains the filing categories. Note that you must meet ALL three requirements.

"Head of Household

You may be able to file as head of household if you meet all the following requirements.

You are unmarried or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year.

You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year.

A “qualifying person” lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). However, if the “qualifying person” is your dependent parent, he or she does not have to live with you. See Special rule for parent , later, under Qualifying Person."

Replies

  • FooLynRoo
    January 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    THANK YOU  . i tell people this ALL the time, I have a friend who does this EVERY YEAR , for like 14 years and got away with it, Im like one day... and then you'll be in the shitter


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    January 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM
    what is HOH?
  • lauren.m
    January 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM
    Whats HOH?
    *head of household?
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    January 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Really? I thought that was what my accountant did each year. Hmm.

  • xomrs.chase
    January 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM
    Thanks! Can you clarify? I have next to nothing when it comes to taxes. Why? My mom is an accountant and I've never had to do my own lol
  • Fairywings1223
    January 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM
    We get our taxes done and they always make dh hoh. :/
  • RobinBright
    January 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM
    HOH is head of household. It is for people filing single who have dependents who they support more than 51%. The requirements explicitly state that married couples are not eligible to file head of household.
  • Kitschy
    by Kitschy
    January 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM
    And it begins
  • RobinBright
    January 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM
    Illegal. Read the IRS.gov page that explains HOH. This is a prime example of why paying a tax service can be a huge waste of money.


    Quoting Fairywings1223:

    We get our taxes done and they always make dh hoh. :/

  • RobinBright
    January 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM
    You're welcome.


    Quoting Kitschy:

    And it begins

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