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Widows = Married or Single ??

Started 1266193877 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1266201668 by zoologist
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Just got a survey re: health care, insurance, etc.
One of the first questions the lady asked was: "What is your marital status: married or......".
I replied widowed.
She said, "The choices on my survey are married or single. So, do you consider yourself married or single?".
I was flabbergasted. I finally said, "Well, I'd say married then".
It's bad enough when printed forms only give the options of MARRIED and SINGLE/DIVORCED. In that case, I write in WIDOWED and scratch out DIVORCED.
Now, what do others here say if posed with that question?

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mrsshop12661942161661 PostsRegistered 7/10/200930 miles north of Phila,Pa
I'm not a widow but I just wanted to say I think you have a good point.My MIL gets asked this question and she hates saying single.
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sunshine45126619429038098 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast
well, if you want to go by what the irs says, then you would be considered single.
Widow(er). Your filing status may be single if you were widowed before January 1, 2009, and did not remarry before the end of 2009. However, you might be able to use another filing status that will give you a lower tax. See Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child , later, to see if you qualify.

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zoologist12662013961745 PostsRegistered 1/29/2010
> well, if you want to go by what the irs says, then
> you would be considered single.
>
> Widow(er). Your filing status may be single
> if you were widowed before January 1, 2009, and did
> not remarry before the end of 2009. However, you
> might be able to use another filing status that will
> give you a lower tax. See Head of Household and
> Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child , later,
> , to see if you qualify.
Luckily, I'm HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD for another 12 years of IRS tax filings., since my youngest won't be out of college til then.
It's gotta be right up there with parents who have lost a child(ren), and they get asked how many kids they have.

doxiemom 4126620150327472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL
My mom is a widow also.As as as the IRS goes, she is single.Even a widow is considered single with applications, etc.......
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zoologist12662016681745 PostsRegistered 1/29/2010
> My mom is a widow also.As as as the IRS goes, she is
> single.Even a widow is considered single with
> applications, etc.......
>
Thankfully, many forms now include a separate classification "WIDOW" to select.
IMHO, they should ask "TOGETHER" or "ALONE", and leave it at that.

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