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Answered: August 27, 2021 12:22 am

My spouse died in January 2021. What filing status do I use when I file my 2021 return?

Because you were married for some time in 2021, you may file a joint return for the year for you and your deceased spouse, provided you did not remarry before the end of 2021. If there is an executor or estate representative other than yourself, that representative must agree to the joint return.

Tax Glossary

Itemized deductions

Items, such as interest, state and local income and sales taxes, charitable contributions, and medical deductions, claimed on Schedule A of Form 1040. Itemized deductions are subtracted from adjusted gross income to arrive at taxable income. The amount of itemized deductions is also subject to a reduction when adjusted gross income exceeds certain limits.

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