The Single filing status is the most basic filing status a person can have when filing their taxes. This filing status is available to individuals who are not married or legally separated and who are not head of household. Single filers will typically pay the highest amount of taxes due to the fact that the standard deduction is smaller than those for other filing statuses.
The Head of Household filing status is available to unmarried individuals who provide more than half of the financial support for a dependent. This filing status allows a person to take a larger standard deduction than the single filing status. Additionally, head of household filers may be able to claim certain tax credits and deductions that are not available to single filers.