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Can my son and I both file head of household. He take care of himself and his dependent and I take care of myself and my dependent. Both pay the rent and utilities. Both buy our own food. This will be his first time filing taxes. Just want to know. I have always filed HOH.


Thanks for your question.

I presume that your son is living in the same residence as you are.  In that case, both of you cannot be head of household as only one of you could pay over 50% of the cost of maintaining the household.

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