Help with filing status

This is a category the IRS uses to classify your return based primarily on your marital status. If you file as Married/Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) and you file separately, you cannot qualify for EITC unless you had a qualifying child who lived with you for more than half of 2021 and either of the following applies:

  • You lived apart from your spouse/RDP for the last 6 months of 2021, or
  • You are legally separated by state law under a written separation agreement or decree of separate maintenance and you did not live in the same household as your spouse/RDP at the end of 2021.