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.
12-22-2017 07:34 PM
divorce was finalized in October 2017 but spouse was and is still living in the same household until financially able to move out on own. I was given primary custody of the 2 children and provide all of their medical and financial needs. how do we file?
12-22-2017 08:05 PM
Welcome to the H&R Block community.
Because your divorce was finalized in October you both file as single taxpayers.
However, because you provide the support for you kids the head of household filing status may apply to you. You may file as a head of household (which will benefit you more than filing single) if:
A qualifying child is one who:
A qualifying relative who is related to you is one who:
You may be able to claim your ex-spouse as a qualifying relative if you provided for him this year in addition to your kids. He of she would have to have lived with you for the entire year in order to qualify under the qualifying relative rules since he is unrelated to you.
If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.
Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)
12-26-2017 08:33 PM
With the information you provided, it appears the children meet the qualifying child requirements for both of you, I suggest that both of you make an appointment together with a tax professional to help you decide which way to file so that you receive the biggest refund(s) possible.