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What is considered a household?

Asked by: emeka22uche 471 views YA Discussion

I looked online but im still not certain. I live with my mom. My dad… is still part of the family but he has to live at a nursing home. Is he still part of the household? We still spend alot of money on him though, food, clothing, and other stuff.

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  1. Quick Answers on Mar 22, 2012 Reply

    What income does dad have?
    How much does the nursing home cost?
    Who actually pays the bill?

    “food, clothing and other stuff” is NOT going to be enough to claim you paid more than half if medicare is picking up the rest.

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  2. Cathi K on Mar 22, 2012 Reply

    It depends on who you are supplying the info to.

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  3. Great Returns 3x on Mar 22, 2012 Reply

    You can claim the Head of Household (HOH) filing status on your tax return if you are unmarried, have cared for a dependent for over half the year, and paid more than half the cost of maintaining a home. Taxpayers claiming the Head of Household filing status benefit from a higher standard deduction and lower tax rates compared to the single filing status. The definition of HOH filing status is quite specific, so read over the criteria carefully.
    •You are unmarried or “considered unmarried” on the last day of the year.
    •You paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year.
    •A “qualifying person” lived with you in the home for more than half the year (except for temporary absences, such as school). However, if the “qualifying person” is your dependent parent (your Dad), he or she does not have to live with you.

    Good luck.

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  4. Lynne on Mar 22, 2012 Reply

    A household has a different definition for different purposes. S it depends on why you are asking..

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  5. SumDude on Mar 22, 2012 Reply

    Are your mom and dad still legally married? – if yes, then he is definitely part of the family, and your mother can file Married Filing Joint, even if your father is incapacitated.

    What is your age and income?

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