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'Head of Household' audits
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West Sac and other California residents who claimed 'Head of Household' when they filed their taxes for 2012 will be audited, said the Franchise Tax Board's Daniel Tahara in a press release.

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today (July 22) announced mailing more than 100,000 audit letters to taxpayers to verify their “Head of Household” (HOH) filing status on their 2012 state tax return, he said. 

"Each year FTB reviews tax returns of taxpayers who claim the HOH filing status because the qualifications are commonly misunderstood," said Tahara. "You can generally claim the Head of Household filing status on your tax return if you are unmarried, have cared for a qualified person for more than half the year, and paid more than half the cost of maintaining your home. Taxpayers who can claim this filing status benefit from a higher standard deduction and lower tax rates as compared to the single filing status. More than two million California taxpayers use this filing status each year."

Taxpayers who do not qualify will have their tax reassessed at either the single or married-filing-separate filing status. The Tax Board assessed $26-million in additional tax to the nearly 38,000 taxpayers who used this status last year and failed to meet its requirements.

FTB encourages taxpayers who receive a HOH letter to respond promptly by completing the enclosed questionnaire. Failure to respond could result in a penalty.

Questionnaires can be submitted by any of these methods:

FTB provides the following tools on its website to assist taxpayers:

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