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Should I file married, filing seperately or jointly?

Asked by lilakess (789points) March 11th, 2008

I am in the middle of a divorce and don’t trust my husband. Further, we have paid no taxes all year since he has his own business. All the income in the last year was made by him. He wants me to pay half of the taxes even though I still have no income. So, I am considered filing separately, but it seems very complicated. We have one child and were separated in October. How can I pay the least amount of money and not be on the hook for anything weird he decides to do?

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squirbel's avatar

IRS stipulates that if you were married Dec. 31, 2007, you file as married. Sadly I don’t know tax law extensively to say anything about loopholes…

Valhalla30's avatar

I just went through this. Sans child. My ex filed separately without me since he didn’t want to bother trying to split anything. If you are amicable, its best to file together. But since mine went ahead & filed married but sep, I had to follow suit. It sucks because the rate is worse than filing single but you have to either file together or separately. My dad did my taxes since he is a CPA, but he called IRS to see what needed to be done. I would call the IRS and ask the best way.

cake7's avatar

You can file married filing seperatly. People do it all the time. In Texas there is also an option for being separated. I do taxes, call a local h&r block and get advice.

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