You can only check ONE filing status. Let me make that clear. You can ONLY
check ONE filing status. We understand that there are seven to choose
from, but you can only choose one. When
e-filing with eSmart Tax, we prevent this error from occurring. Still, it’s useful to know what your filing
status is. Choose the filing status that
best fits your IRS-defined situation:
Status. Your marital status on the last day of the year is
your marital status for the entire year.
You Have a Choice. If more than one filing status fits you,
choose the one that allows you to pay the lowest taxes.
Filing Status. Single filing status generally applies if
you are not married, divorced or legally separated according to state law.
Filing Jointly. A married couple may file a return together
using the Married Filing Jointly status. If your spouse died during 2012,
you usually may still file a joint return for that year.
Filing Separately. If a married couple decides to file
their returns separately, each person’s filing status would generally be
Married Filing Separately.
of Household. The Head of Household status generally
applies if you are not married and have paid more than half the cost of
maintaining a home for yourself and a qualifying person.
- Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child. This status may apply if your spouse
died during 2010 or 2011, you have a dependent child and you meet certain other