Can I file as head-of-household for my parents?
April 19, 2004
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004
I live in my parents' home with my son. My father passed away this past year and they had no income except for social security, a small IRA that my mother cashed out to pay for funeral expenses and W-2 income of $1,800. I help my mother with most expenses. Can I file as head of household and claim one or both of my parents as dependents?
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004
Since you are living in your parents' home, I don't think you can qualify as a head of household. With the IRA, it looks like your mother has too much income for you to claim her as a dependent. You would have to provide more than one-half of your father's support to claim him as a dependent. You could only claim him as a dependent if his income tax return is filed on a married, filing separately basis.
For answers to new questions, subscribe to our newsletter, Michael Gray, CPA's Tax & Business Insight by filling out the form below.
Home Newsletter Archive Introducing Michael Gray, CPA Articles Tax FAQ Need Help? Other Links