IRS Tax Tips February 13, 2013 Useful Links: Issue Number: IRS TAX TIP 2013-13 IRS.gov Home Inside This Issue 1040 Central Help For Hurricane Victims Determining Your Correct Filing Status It’s important to use the correct filing status when filing your income News Essentials tax return. It can impact the tax benefits you receive, the amount of your standard deduction and the amount of taxes you pay. It may even What's Hot impact whether you must file a federal income tax return. News Releases Are you single, married or the head of your household? There are five IRS - The Basics filing statuses on a federal tax return. The most common are "Single," "Married Filing Jointly" and "Head of Household." The Head of IRS Guidance Household status may be the one most often claimed in error. Media Contacts The IRS offers these seven facts to help you choose the best filing status for you. Facts & Figures 1. Marital Status. Your marital status on the last day of the year is Problem Alerts your marital status for the entire year. Around The Nation 2. If You Have a Choice. If more than one filing status fits you, choose the one that allows you to pay the lowest taxes. e-News Subscriptions 3. Single Filing Status. Single filing status generally applies if you are not married, divorced or legally separated according to state law. The Newsroom Topics 4. Married Filing Jointly. A married couple may file a return Tax Tips 2012 together using the Married Filing Jointly status. If your spouse died during 2012, you usually may still file a joint return for that year. Radio PSAs 5. Married Filing Separately. If a married couple decides to file their Fact Sheets returns separately, each person’s filing status would generally be Married Filing Separately. Armed Forces 6. Head of Household. The Head of Household status generally Disaster Relief applies if you are not married and have paid more than half the cost of Scams / Consumer Alerts maintaining a home for yourself and a qualifying person. Tax Shelters 7. 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 conditions. IRS Resources IRS e-file is the easiest way to file and will help you determine the correct filing status. If you file a paper return, the Interactive Tax Compliance & Enforcement Assistant at IRS.gov is a tool that will help you choose your filing Contact My Local Office status. Filing Options You can also find more helpful information in IRS Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. This Forms & Pubs publication is available at IRS.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Frequently Asked Questions News Additional IRS Resources: Taxpayer Advocate IRS Free File IRS e-file Options Where to File Interactive Tax Assistant Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information IRS YouTube Videos: File Your 1040EZ Using Free File - English | Spanish | ASL IRS Podcasts: File Your 1040EZ Using Free File - English | Spanish Back to Top
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