Your Life

Your Life

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: ‎02-15-2018
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 I got divorced on Dec 15,2017 but we owned a home together that I didn’t refinance into my name until January 2018. Can I file single and not claim owning the house? My ex-husband paid the mortgage throughout the year but I paid the utilities. He did not live with us all year.  I also pay for the health insurance for me and my kids thru my work. My kids are 19 and 20 and still live with me, can i claim head of household? 

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Registered: ‎02-02-2018

Re: Divorced

Hi CarolC!

Welcome to H&R Block Community


Typically, the only item regarding home ownership on the tax return is the mortgage interest deduction. Your ex-husband should receive a 1098 for the interest to input on his return.


You may file as head of household if you paid more than half of the costs of maintaining the household for the year, and if the children stayed at your house for more than half the nights in the year.



Tax Research Specialist (San Diego)