If you were married, the only options that you have a filing time, are married filing jointly, or married filing separately. Married filing separately, is the worst way to file. Craig W. Smalley, E.A.Admitted To Practice Before The Internal Revenue Service
Couples have the choice of filing their federal income taxes using a (1) married filing jointly or (2) married filing separately status. There is rarely any advantage to married filing separately...it's usually detrimental since the tax rate is higher and there are various benefits and credits you may no longer be eligible for (under that filing status). So when might "married filing separately" be a better choice? If your spouse is not reporting all their taxable income and you don't want to get into hot water with the IRS (via signing an inaccurate joint return). Or your spouse has outstanding debts and you don't want your tax refund to get seized to pay those off. Usually the only reason to file married separately is to protect yourself against some such circumstance. Treat this as general information and be sure to consult a tax professional for any advice specific to your situation. I hope that helps.
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