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Head of Household? USA Tax Question

Hi everybody,
I am a US citizen with 2 kids and a non-resident alien spouse (gotta love the name!). Can I apply as Head of Household even though I am married? Somewhere in the fine print I thought to have read that if your spouse has the above status, it is as if you are unmarried in the eyes of the IRS...? Confusing!
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Speaking as a CPA (though not an expert in expat tax) - you need an expert. If you're a US expat and your spouse isn't, things go from merely complicated to absolutely opaque. That said, the link below leads to a 136 page introduction to US expat taxes written for laypeople. The info is a little old (use at your own risk) but it should be a good start. See Chapter 17 for your question. That said, I think there are several threads here listing expat tax services. They may be expensive, but Uncle Sam has assigned brutal consequences to expat tax mistakes.

http://www.uscms.org/uscms_at_work/w...xes%202009.pdf

For more up to date but less readable info, check publications 54 and 519 on the IRS website.

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Re: Head of Household? USA Tax Question

Yes, you can.

I just checked several of my old returns to confirm.

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Re: Head of Household? USA Tax Question

Thank you for your replies! I appreciate the input!
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Re: Head of Household? USA Tax Question

As usual, when in doubt go to the source = IRS website.

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...d-of-Household
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