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Answered: May 5, 2017 8:51 am

My spouse is in a nursing home in another state. We didn’t live together at all this year. Can I file as single?

Because you are married, you cannot be treated as single. You can file a joint return, or you can opt to file as “married filing separately.” However, if spouses live apart and meet certain tests, one may qualify to file as head of household instead of married filing separately. To do this, you must have a qualifying person live with you (or a dependent parent even if not living with you); a spouse is not a qualifying person.

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Accelerated cost recovery system (ACRS)

A statutory method of depreciation allowing accelerated rates for most types of property used in business and income-producing activities during the years 1981 through 1986. It has been superseded by the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS) for assets placed in service after 1986.

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