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# Filing Statuses for Income Tax Return

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In each of the following independent situations, determine Winston's filing status for 2012 and why. Winston is NOT married. These 5 situations either fall into the categories of Single Taxpayers, Married Individuals, Marriage Penalty, Surviving Spouse, Head of Household, or Abandoned Spouse.

a). Winston lives alone, but he maintains a household in which his parents live. The mother qualifies as Winston's dependent, but the father does not.
b). Winston lives alone, but he maintains a household in which his married daughter, Karin, lives. Both Karin and her husband (Winston's son-in-law) qualify as Winston's dependent.
c). Winston maintains a household in which he and a family friend, Ward, live. Ward qualifies as Winston's dependent.
d). Winston maintains a household in which he and his mother-in-law live. Winston's wife died in 2011.
e). Same as (d), except that Winston's wife disappeared (i.e., she did not die) in 2010.

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a) Winston is considered head of household with the qualifying person being his mother. As long as one parent is a qualifying person, he can use head of household.

b) Winston would again qualify as head of household because his daughter qualifies as his dependent ...

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This solution explains the filing status in each of the independent situations for 2012, for Winston.

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