Did you adopt during 2015?
If you adopted a child in 2015 but have not yet finalized and therefore have no social security number for your child, you may be able to obtain an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) --- a temporary number to use for filing taxes. Use IRS Form W-7 to request the number. Review the instructions here.
Can we agree on who will claim our child?
If you and the other parent of your child have an agreement as to who will claim the child as a tax deduction, make sure to have the Form 8332 completed and signed - and submit with your tax return.
I have general questions!
Each year, the IRS updates Publication 504: Divorced and Separated Individuals, a great resource for all types of tax questions for separated families.
What is my filing status?
Should you file married, separately, head of household . . . ?The IRS provides a handy online questionnaire to determine your filing status. Check it out here.