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Subject: Re: Head of Household w/ girlfriend Date: 1/23/2002 11:49 PM
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She and I split the "household" bills/rent/expenses fairly evenly. Does she easily qualify to claim Head of Household because she pays more than 50% of her and her dependent's SHARE of the expenses? Or does she need to pay more than 50% of the "entire" household's expenses, regardless of who else lives and pays expenses in the house?

I have to disagree with the previous response. You have only one household, regardless of what the IRS does or does not know.

The rule for Head of Household filing status is that one must provide more than half the cost of maintaining the household. Just by inference from your wording, I suspect you're looking at things that are not included in such expenses, as well as those that are. Take a look at the discussion in IRS Publication 501, making sure you're looking at Head of Household and not the support test for dependents.

Phil Marti
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