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Author: ishtarastarte Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121175  
Subject: Re: Head of Household w/ girlfriend Date: 1/24/2002 12:38 AM
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Ok, I looked on the IRS site. There is a little worksheet (this appears to be somewhat new, I don't remember seeing this before, and I've done HOH for 6 years now; I did pay 2/3 of housing expenses when living with a roomate, so I guess it wouldn't have mattered for me.)


http://www.irs.gov/prod/forms_pubs/pubs/p50103.htm

Keeping Up a Home
To qualify for head of household status, you must pay more than half of the cost of keeping up a home for the year. You can determine whether you paid more than half of the cost of keeping up a home by using the Cost of Keeping Up a Home worksheet, later.

Costs you include. Include in the cost of upkeep expenses such as rent, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, insurance on the home, repairs, utilities, and food eaten in the home.

Costs you do not include. Do not include in the cost of upkeep expenses such as clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, or transportation. Also, do not include the rental value of a home you own or the value of your services or those of a member of your household.

Cost of Keeping Up a Home
    
Amount You Paid Total Cost
Property taxes $ $
Mortgage interest expense
Rent
Utility charges
Upkeep and repairs
Property insurance
Food consumed on the premises
Other household expenses
Totals $ $

Minus total amount you paid ( ____)

Amount others paid $

If the total amount you paid is more than the amount others paid, you meet the requirement of paying more than half the cost of keeping up the home.




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