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What happens if I file head of household on my taxes but the irs says I don't qualify?

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Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 19:21
You won't go to jail, but you'll have to pay whatever additional taxes they say you owe. If it involves EIC for children, you can also be banned for up to 10 years for negligence.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 19:22
They recalculate your taxes and you'll have to pay back the extra money, plus interest and maybe penalties.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 19:33
Your taxes get recomputed.
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 21:26
Ordinarily, no. If it is genuinely a matter of opinion, or you made an honest mistake, then no. If you know that you don't qualify, and you lie on purpose, and the IRS knows that you did that, then possibly, but probably not. In nearly all cases, all that happens is that you get fined some money. They hardly ever send any "regular people" to jail. They prefer to get their money. Celebrities are sometimes sent to prison, but that's mostly to trick everyone else into being more honest on their taxes.
Answer #5 | 25/12 2013 13:21
You will not go to jail for one incorrect filing status. Head of Household filing status is the most commonly audited. Check that you qualify before claiming it. If you are audited and do not qualify for HoH, often you will also be disqualified for other credits such as Earned Income Credit even if you might have qualified for that credit. This could be very costly and may be avoided if you file as Single, especially if your income is low. The tax benefits between HoH and Single are minimal (at most a couple of hundred dollars).
Answer #6 | 24/12 2013 03:06
You will end up having to pay back the extra amount that you did receive at that time plus the penalties and the interest that they will determine that will be due when you do decide to pay them the corrected amount at that time in your life. You may be required are would want to choose to fill out the 1040X Amended individual income tax return at that time to correct the error that you did make during the tax filing season on that 1040 FIT return. And of course your state income tax return will also be needed to be corrected and amended also at that time and purpose also so do NOT for get about it. Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 12/24/2013

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