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Major life milestones often have a major tax impact. Changes in your marital status, having a baby or adopting a child can have significant impact on your taxes. This is the place to ask questions about dependents, real estate, and other various scenarios that play a significant role in what taxes you pay.

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Registered: ‎12-22-2017
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Divorced on December 15, 2017. How to proceed with 2017 taxes?

My divorce was final on December 15, 2017. My ex-wife and I have been filing jointly for years. Can we continue to do that for 2017 as married-jointly and then start fresh as individuals in 2018? Thank you for the help!

Esteemed Neighbor
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Registered: ‎02-28-2016

Re: Divorced on December 15, 2017. How to proceed with 2017 taxes?

You should each file SINGLE.

 

IRS rules.

Marital Status. Your marital status on the last day of the year is your marital status for the entire year.

Single Filing Status. Single filing status generally applies if you are not married, divorced or legally separated according to state law.

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Re: Divorced on December 15, 2017. How to proceed with 2017 taxes?

Thanks. This is what I suspected but wanted to confirm. Much appreciated.

Esteemed Neighbor
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Re: Divorced on December 15, 2017. How to proceed with 2017 taxes?

Another option MAY be 'head of household'. You must meet several conditions.

https://www.efile.com/irs-head-of-household-tax-filing-status/

Trusted Council Member
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Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Divorced on December 15, 2017. How to proceed with 2017 taxes?

Hi HoosierFlute,

 

 

Welcome to the H&R Block community.

 

BluesDog is correct that you should file as a single taxpayer since your divorce was finalized before December 31st.  The Head of Household filing status will benefit you more though if you qualify, so I would like to expand on that a little bit for you.

 

In order to file as a head of household you must:

  1. have a qualifying child or have a qualifying relative who is related to you (grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, son, daughter, sibling, etc.)
  2. pay more than 50% of the upkeep costs of your home (rent or mortgage, utilities, repairs, insurance, food)
  3. have paid the upkeep costs of your own home for the entire year

 

A qualifying child must:

  1. be related to you
  2. provide less than 50% of his or her own support
  3. not file a joint return with another taxpayer
  4. live with you for more than half of the year
  5. be under age 18, or under age 24 and in school full time
  6. not be the dependent of another taxpayer

 

A qualifying relative who is related to you must:

  1. earn less than $4,050 for the entire year
  2. receive more than 50% of their support from you
  3. not file a joint return with another taxpayer
  4. not be the dependent of another taxpayer

 

 

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.

 

Louis,

Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)