When you file your tax return, you must check one of the following filing statuses: Single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household or qualifying widow(er). Who qualifies to file a return as a head of household, which is more favorable than single?
To qualify, you must maintain a household, which for more than half the year, is the principal home of a “qualifying child” or other relative of yours whom you can claim as a dependent (unless you only qualify due to the multiple support rules).
A qualifying child?
A child is considered qualifying if he or she:
Lives in your home for more than half the year,
Is your child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, sibling stepsibling (or a descendant of any of these),
Is under age 19 (or a student under 24), and
Doesn’t provide over half of his or her own support for the year.