Hi! Congratulations on your marriage! How exciting – I have been married for 32 years – it’s been great. To answer your question, I would have to say that filing as a married couple is a little bit harder than what was your old “normal” – filing single! – because you have to coordinate with another person. Anytime more than one person is involved in anything it takes a bit of extra effort.
When you are married, you can choose to use either of these two filing statuses as shown on the IRS website:
1. Married Filing Jointly. If you’re married, you and your spouse can file a joint tax return together.
2. Married Filing Separately. A married couple can choose to file two separate tax returns. This may benefit you if it results in less tax than if you file a joint tax return. It’s a good idea for you to prepare your taxes both ways before you choose. You can also use it if you want to be responsible only for your own tax.
You can use one of these forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ depending on your income level, your need to itemize deductions and other circumstances.
To file your taxes together as Married Filing Jointly, you would collect both the information you need and your spouse’s information, enter it in the forms or take it to a tax preparer, do the taxes, then both sign.
I hope this answers your question – if not please write back. Congratulations and best wishes for happy, prosperous life together and thanks for writing!
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