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Subject:  Head of Household Date:  2/13/2002  2:05 PM
Author:  defendor Number:  58915 of 121572

Does anyone know about qualifying as a head of household regarding a dependent parent? I know that the rule says the head of household must pay over 50% of the dependent's housing cost, but what if the parent lives in a nursing home? If the governement subsidizes part of the cost, does that count towards the 50%? Example: monthly cost $1,500 with $1,000 paid by government and $500 paid by head of household. The $500 is only 33% of the total cost but it is also 100% of the dependent's share. In addition, the head of household pays over 50% of the dependent parent's other bills, such as credit cards, personal loans, etc. Any thoughts?
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