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Filing Status for Individuals

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue uses your filing status to determine your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits and deductions, and your correct tax.

You must use the same filing status on your state income tax return as on your federal return. (See Minnesota Statute 289A.09.) The options are:

  • Single
  • Married Filing Jointly
  • Married Filing Separately
  • Head of Household
  • Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child

Consider your tax situation before you select a filing status. While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sets the rules for filing statuses, the status you choose can affect your state return. For example, if you choose Married Filing Separately, you may not claim the following Minnesota credits:

  • Child and Dependent Care Credit
  • Working Family Credit
  • K-12 Education Credit

For more information on filing status, see IRS Publication 501 on the IRS website.

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