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Tax Information for Single Parents

Find the answers to various tax questions. If you don't find what you're looking for here, E-mail your question to About's Guide to Single Parents.

IRS Tiebreaker Rules for Claiming Dependents
Claiming dependents for tax purposes can be confusing, especially for parents who share physical custody. Find out how the IRS resolves tiebreaker situations with these guidelines for claiming dependents.

Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit may be an option for you as a single parent. Find out what the Earned Income Tax Credit it, and who qualifies for this tax credit.

Can Tax Refunds be Intercepted to Cover Unpaid Child Support?
Tax refunds can indeed be intercepted to pay back child support. Find out under what conditions the Federal Tax Refund Offset Program is enabled and what parents who are due back child support can expect.

Can Both Parents Claim a Child as a Dependent for Tax Purposes?
In the case of divorced, separated, or never married parents, who can legally claim the child as a dependent for tax purposes? Can both parents claim the child? Get the facts you need.

Child Support and Taxes FAQ
Get the facts on child support before you file your taxes. Learn what is taxable and what isn't when it comes to paying or receiving child support.

Tax Breaks for Single Parents
Find out what tax breaks you may qualify for as a single parent. Includes links to resources provided by the IRS.

Is Child Support Tax Deductible?
Get the facts on child support before you file your taxes. Learn what is taxable and what isn't when it comes to paying or receiving child support.

My Divorce is Not Final Yet. Can I Still File as "Head of Household"?
Find out whether you qualify for "Head of Household" status. In most cases, your income tax filing status depends on your marital status on the last day of the year, but there are some exceptions. Find out whether these exceptions apply to you.

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