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Can a registered domestic partner qualify to file his or her tax return using head-of-household filing status?

October 1, 2011

According to recent IRS publication: Generally, to qualify as a head-of-household, a taxpayer must provide more than half the cost of maintaining his or her household during the taxable year, and that household must be the principal place of abode of the taxpayer’s dependent for more than half of the taxable year. If registered domestic partners pay all of the costs of maintaining the household from community funds, each partner is considered to have incurred half the cost and neither can qualify as head of household. However, if one of the partners pays more than half by contributing separate funds, that partner may qualify as head-of-household.

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