Filing Status for Individuals


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

Choose a Filing Status

You must use the same filing status on your state income tax return as on your federal return. (See Minnesota Statute 289A.08.) The options are:

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

Consider your tax situation before choosing a filing status. While the 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 these Minnesota credits:

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

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

Filing Options for Marriages

Type of marriage: Choices to file:

Legal separation

Married Filing Separately
Married Filing Joint

Common law marriage


Opposite-sex or same-sex marriage

Married Filing Separately
Married Filing Jointly

Married Outside of Minnesota

We will recognize the marriage if it was valid at the time of the contract – or validated by later law changes – in the place where the marriage occurred.

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