Can two people from the same address claim head of household on income taxes?
Unless there are two separate households, only one of you can file as Head of Household. The person who pays over half the cost of maintaining the home can file as HoH. The IRS does look into more than one HoH at the same address.
by ninasgramma - 15 hours ago
vb is correct. If it was 2 women or 2 men unrelated or not in a relationship you could argue that you each 100% support your own households in the same house. Multiple HOH at one address is a red flag for an audit. It is heavily penalized. A couple living together as if married will not pass scrutiny. You cannot say you never bought anything whatsoever for your boyfriends child or him. Never paid for a dinner out. Never took his child somewhere (gas and transportation).
by travelguruette - 15 hours ago
No. One household = one head. The rule for head of household is not only taking care of a dependent relative most of the year, it also requires paying over half of the expense of running the household. Only one person can pay over half, therefore only one can be head.
by Bob F - 15 hours ago
If each of you pays exactly half then neither of you can claim "Head of Household". Only the person who pays more than half of the expenses can be Head of Household for tax purposes. As it is mathematically impossible for both of you to pay more than half of the expenses, No you can not be each Head of Household.
by Wayne Z - 15 hours ago
I would say yes.
by xtraheavy01 - 15 hours ago
It is highly unlikely that the IRS, or any other taxing agency for that matter, will know or care that you live in single family home, or at least I am assuming that is why you are asking. I happen to know for a fact that in the City of Chicago, for example, there are many multiple family homes. It is not uncommon to see a two apartment building on any given street. There could also be be homes that consist of three or more apartments within the city. Not everyone lives in a single family home. Consequently, I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. However, if I may be permitted to say, if you and your boyfriend would marry, things would be greatly simplified.
by RUSerious - 15 hours ago
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