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if i get married but file single hoh on my taxes could they find out?

Asked by: Jesica Hogan 1328 views YA Discussion

I am currently single and always file single head of household and claim my children. i looked on turbo tax and if i am married file seperatly i get way less back for not being single hoh. Do you think the irs would know if i got married and did not change my name when i go to do my taxes if i still file single hoh?

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  1. falsi fiable on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    The IRS may discover through other means. Your employer would likely prohibit you from claiming HOH instead of married on your W-4 and W-2. When the IRS discovers the discrepancy, you could be prosecuted for fraud.

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  2. SumDude on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    Yes, the IRS has access to lots of records, and they would find out, and then you would be in a world of hurt. Either do not get married, or file MFJ – married filing joint; to get the tax benefits you would lose filing MFS.

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  3. gabby on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    Yes they will! And you will get in really big trouble, plus not to mention all the stress that you will go through being worried that the irs would find out.

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  4. Thomas on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    If you are married and file single – it is considered tax fraud – would the IRS know – probably not however, the IRS does automated cross checking of addresses so if you are a spouse filled single year after year in the same location it could be noticed but it is just as likely you two are living together The real problem is if you switch back and forth. It’s inconsitenties in history and stories where apparently they are jugling and changing martital status for pure tax advantage where there’s a problem and will flag you for audit

    However, if you get audited for any reason the audit can demand proof of marital status – then you would face possible criminal charges although usually just repayment but Head of household repayment with interest and penalties could be significant after a few years

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  5. Cathi K on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    single and head of household are 2 separate filing status’s. If you are married you cannot file hoh. You can share a cell with Al Capone.

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  6. Quick Answers on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    The last person I saw who was busted for doing this was slapped with a $ 12,000 tax bill, a $ 2400 accuracy penalty, barred from collecting EIC for 10 years, expected to pay $ 300 a month for the next 10 years….

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  7. the kid on Mar 12, 2012 Reply

    Yes, they will find out. Yes, that is tax evasion and punishable by federal prison. Though probably you’ll just have to pay a bunch of money back with penalties and interest.

    Your marriage is public record. It’s not hard to find out you got married.

    Oh yeah, and you also f*** over the rest of us taxpayers by stealing money from the government. That’s right, STEALING. People like you are why the economy suks, taxes have to stay high, etc.

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