Single Filing Status
The easiest tax filing status to understand is the Single tax filing status. Below is
information on when to use the Single filing status.
When to use the Single tax filing status?
To use Single as your filing status, one of the following must be
true on the last day of the tax year.
Single tax filing status does not qualify for as many tax
benefits as Head of Household, Married filing joint, or Qualifying Widow(er) with qualifying
I am not married all year, am I considered unmarried for tax purposes?
If you were married but got a divorce or a legal separation, then you are considered unmarried
for the whole year if on the last day of the tax year you are unmarried or legally separated.
What if I am not qualified for any other tax filing status?
If a taxpayer is not qualified for any other tax filing status, then his or her tax filing
status is Single by default.