Craig Smalley, Tax Professional
If you legally married, you can only file as married filing jointly, or married filing separately. Married filing separately is the worst way to file. However if one spouse has a tax liability that the other spouses and responsible for, it is best to file separately. You should talk to a qualified tax accountant, who will tell you which way to file.
Craig W. Smalley, E.A.
Admitted to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service
Bob Maloney, MSFS, AEP, MSFS, AEP
Regardless of the year you marry you will have an option to file jointly or separately as you may choose. Under normal circumstances filing jointly will typically provide a little more savings than filing separately. However, this is a somewhat overgeneralized statement and I would be recommended that you ask a competent CPA to run both sets of numbers to determine which in fact worked out best for the new family. It might even make an awful lot of sense to do this immediately so that you have some definitive answers rather than just estimates. Congratulations on your potential marriage and I personally wish you much success.
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