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How much Property taxes you paid?

You paid $
 
Property taxes for the home





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[Cost of Keeping Up a Home] Rule #1:
= "more than half the cost"
IF
IsTrue: [Total Cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Total amount you paid] > "[Total amount others paid]"


[Total Cost] Rule #1:
= "[Property taxes total cost] + [Mortgage interest expense total cost] +[Rent total cost] + [Utility charges total cost] + [Repairs/maintenance total cost] + [Property insurance total cost] +[Food consumed on premises total cost] + [Other household expenses total cost]"
IF
IsTrue: [Property taxes total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Mortgage interest expense total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Rent total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Utility charges total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Repairs/maintenance total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Property insurance total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Food consumed on premises total cost] >= "0"
IsTrue: [Other household expenses total cost] >= "0"


Publication 17 (2011), Your Federal Income Tax

Keeping Up a Home

To qualify for head of household status, you must pay more than half of the cost of keeping up a home for the year. You can determine whether you paid more than half of the cost of keeping up a home by using the following worksheet .

Cost of Keeping Up a Home

     
  Amount 
You
 
Paid
Total 
Cost
Property taxes $ $
Mortgage interest expense    
Rent    
Utility charges    
Repairs/maintenance    
Property insurance    
Food consumed 
on the premises
   
Other household expenses    
Totals $ $
     
Minus total amount you paid   ()
     
Amount others paid   $
     
If the total amount you paid is more than the amount others paid, you meet the requirement of paying more than half the cost of keeping up the home.

Costs you include.   Include in the cost of upkeep expenses such as rent, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, insurance on the home, repairs, utilities, and food eaten in the home.

  If you used payments you received under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other public assistance programs to pay part of the cost of keeping up your home, you cannot count them as money you paid. However, you must include them in the total cost of keeping up your home to figure if you paid over half the cost.

Costs you do not include.   Do not include in the cost of upkeep expenses such as clothing, education, medical treatment, vacations, life insurance, or transportation. Also, do not include the rental value of a home you own or the value of your services or those of a member of your household.