Qualified Widow or Widower

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Definition of 'Qualified Widow or Widower'

A qualified widow or widower is a person who meets certain requirements to claim certain tax benefits. These benefits include the following:

* The ability to file as a head of household. This can result in a lower tax rate.
* The ability to claim the standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly. This can also result in a lower tax rate.
* The ability to claim the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. These credits can help to offset the cost of raising children.

To qualify as a qualified widow or widower, you must meet the following requirements:

* You must be unmarried.
* You must have been married to and living with your spouse for at least one year before your spouse's death.
* Your spouse must have died in 2022 or 2023.
* You must not have remarried before the end of 2023.

If you meet these requirements, you can claim the benefits of being a qualified widow or widower for up to two years after your spouse's death.

It is important to note that the definition of a qualified widow or widower can change from year to year. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the IRS website.

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