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FAQ: Filing Status HOH with Grandchild

Q.  Can a grandchild be a qualifying person enabling a married taxpayer living apart fromhis/her spouse for the entire last six months of the tax year to be “considered unmarried” and thus able to file as Head of Household?

A. No.  The dependent must be the taxpayer’s dependent child, stepchild, or foster child.

If the taxpayer meets all other conditions, the taxpayer may consider the grandchild as a dependent while filing MFJ or MFS.

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