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What constitutes "head of a family"?

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? MO

This is very state-specific and on the surface seems like a stupid question but...

Missouri allows a "head of a family" exemption in Missouri worth $1250 plus so much per dependent child. This implies you need a child to qualify but....

What's interesting is "head of a family" is NOT defined ANYWHERE in Missouri law except in section 160, where a "head of a family" is defined as a parent with at least one dependent child OR a person living with their spouse....

Which suggests that any married couple could take the exemption.

Any Missouri attorneys out there care to comment? Am I missing something?


Senior Member
"head of family" generally means that you provide at LEAST 50% of the support for a spouse and dependents. If you have no dependents or spouse, you are not 'head of household' .

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