I have a client who is not married and has 2 kids
they (mom and dad) each want to claim a dependent and file head of household. Am I allowed to file them this way?
1. they live together
2. they are not married
3. they each can claim 1 of the children (there are 2) (not claiming the same dependent for HOH)
4. they split the bills
Thank you for your help!!
As the Rolling Stones sang, you can't always get what you want. There is only one household so they can't both file as head of household.
If you came here to argue about it, tell us which one is paying more than half the household costs if they are splitting the bills.
Separate households can happen under the same roof, but it's rare and usually a case of his kids and her kids and separate bank accounts.
Are you even sure it makes a tax difference? Usually these losers end up with zero taxable income regardless of filing status.
Here’s the information the client presented to me. Not trying to argue.
they each make around $20,000-$25,000
they are not married
they split the bills
this is their first year having a second child
if one came to me to prepare takes I would file CTC and HOH
now what if the other went to H&R and filed that way with the other dependent....
I was only talking about CTC AND HOH because people can have EIC without kids. Yes I am old out EIC... but this isn’t helping me get my question answered. I called 2 tax accounts and one said they both can be and the other said they can’t
Well, you have 4 reputable tax preparers here saying you can't do that ------------------ well, 3 plus me. How many folks do you need to tell you the answer is no before you will believe us?
Based on what you just posted, neither one qualifies for head of household since they each provide 50% of the costs. Someone has to to provide more than 50% to qualify.