How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Wendy Reed Your Own Question

Wendy Reed
Wendy Reed, Enrolled Agent
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 3345
Experience:  15+ years tax preparation and tax advice.
Type Your Tax Question Here...
Wendy Reed is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My husband works in china. He works for a chines employer and

Customer Question

My husband works in china. He works for a chines employer and has no intension to come back yet. Therefore he is not on temporary assignment. Last year he came back 3 weeks in January and 1 week in April for short visit. I did not even see him in the last 6 month of the year. We have one 11 year old. Do I qualify for head of household filing status? Thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Wendy Reed replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you. I will give the best answer that I can with the information provided.

 

Hello,

As long as you pay for more than 1/2 the cost of keeping up your household, you do qualify for head of household status---presuming that you claim your child as a dependent.

Wendy Reed, Enrolled Agent
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 3345
Experience: 15+ years tax preparation and tax advice.
Wendy Reed and 3 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you Wendy. Here is one thing to follow up. I am still afraid that my husband is calssfied as temporary absence. Even though he has permanent job in China and do not intend to come back.

 

We own our house together and have joint bank account. Does this mean he will come back to the house therefore his absence is temporary? Thanks a lot for your time.

 

Jennifer

Expert:  Wendy Reed replied 3 years ago.

I think you are worried about him being treated as a California resident for the income that he earns in China. Generally if you are out of CA for 546 days consecutively you are considered a non-resident for this time.

 

You may want to review circumstances and examples in the following publication:

http://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2010/10_1031.pdf

 

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks a lot Wendy. Actually I still worry about I am not eligible for Head of House Hold. Based on my situation, I am eligible for HOH. Correct?
Expert:  Wendy Reed replied 3 years ago.

If you have not resided with your husband for more than the last 6 months of the year, you have a dependent child living with you, and you pay more than 1/2 the cost of keeping up your household, you may use HH filing status--This is called "considered unmarried" for filing status purposes when you are actually legally married. CA follows the federal guidelines for this filing status.

 

Here is the link to HH requirements (see page 7, Head of Household and considered unmarried)

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

 

 

 

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks a lot
Expert:  Wendy Reed replied 3 years ago.
you are very welcome.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
< Last | Next >
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
  • I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight. Bonnie Chesnee, SC
  • Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation. John Minneapolis, MN
  • Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with. Orville Hesperia, California
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    570
    10 years experience
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KU/KUMI95/2013-9-30_195031_kumar.64x64.jpg Wallstreet Esq.'s Avatar

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    570
    10 years experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CU/Cuttinggirl/2011-10-29_03719_wcrop2.64x64.jpg Wendy Reed's Avatar

    Wendy Reed

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    3052
    15+ years tax preparation and tax advice.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CATax/2009-08-04_204548_Mark.jpg Mark D's Avatar

    Mark D

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    985
    MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/IN/insearchoftheanswer/2013-8-16_0233_attorney.64x64.jpg Richard's Avatar

    Richard

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    3229
    29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/MyVirtualCPA/2012-7-5_44024_cookmegan1.64x64.jpg Megan C's Avatar

    Megan C

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6121
    Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JG/jgordosea/2012-6-7_43138_GordosVeritas.64x64.jpg jgordosea's Avatar

    jgordosea

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    2783
    I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/OZ/ozaukeecpa/2012-6-7_193219_Picture1croppedandshrunk.64x64.jpg MequonCPA's Avatar

    MequonCPA

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    2231
    CPA, Over 30 yrs experience w/individuals and small businesses. Masters in Tax.