When your marital status changes, make sure you understand
how that affects your filing status.
Your marital status depends on the last day of the year. If
you were married on 12/31 of last year, you are considered married all year.
Married couples can file a joint return (known as Married
Married couples aren’t required to file a joint return. You
may file separately. This is known as Married Filing Separately.
Choose the Single filing status if you aren't married. It
also applies to anyone divorced or legally separated.
If your spouse passed away during the year you can file a
joint return, but you should check with a tax pro first.
If you lost your spouse recently and you have a dependent
you may qualify to file as a Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child. You
should see a tax pro to be sure you qualify for this.The Head of Household filing status is normally
reserved for single filers. who have paid more than half the cost of
maintaining a home for yourself and at least one other qualifying person.