How to File Taxes as a Qualified Widow or Widower

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Filing taxes as a qualified widow or widower depends on whether there is a minor child in the family, in which case an individual would file as married filing jointly that year. Understand how to file taxes as a widow or widower with information from an IRS tax agent in this free video on personal finance.

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Video Transcript

On this segment we'll talk about qualified widow or widower. When the spouse dies and you have a minor child then that same year the spouse died you file married filing joint. If you have the qualified child the following year you may also file married filing joint which is quite a benefit to you. On that next year after that you must file as head of household, and your exemptions change, and your standard deduction changes. Thank you very much.


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