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12-22-2017 11:55 AM
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!
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12-22-2017 01:35 PM
You should each file SINGLE.
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.
12-22-2017 01:45 PM
Another option MAY be 'head of household'. You must meet several conditions.
12-22-2017 06:55 PM
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:
A qualifying child must:
A qualifying relative who is related to you must:
If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.
Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)