do I have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify as head of household?

Tax_questionQ) do I have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify as head of household?

A) According to the IRS: In certain circumstances, you do not have to claim the child as a dependent to qualify for head of household filing status; for example, a custodial parent may be able to claim head of household filing status even if he or she released a claim to exemption for the child.

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