filing married or seperately?


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dbedell

am debating between filing married or married filing seperately.
the reason is, my wife has past child support that would come out of
her taxes
she has only made a couple thousand this year, I am the primary earner

If we file together will the state take my refund?
If she files seperately she'd only get two hundred back


we are originally from ny that is the state that the support is for and

we now live in ohio, we do not have to file ny state


thanks!
 
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Phil Marti

am debating between filing married or married filing seperately.
the reason is, my wife has past child support that would come out of
her taxes
she has only made a couple thousand this year, I am the primary earner

If we file together will the state take my refund?
If she files seperately she'd only get two hundred back


we are originally from ny that is the state that the support is for and

we now live in ohio, we do not have to file ny state
On the Federal level you can file jointly and include an "injured spouse"
claim. This will result in only "her" portion of the Federal refund being
taken for the past-due support.

You need to find out how Ohio will treat a past-due New York child support
claim, if at all. Once you have that information you can calculate your
returns both ways and do what makes sense.
 
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Don Priebe

On the Federal level you can file jointly and include an "injured spouse"
claim. This will result in only "her" portion of the Federal refund being
taken for the past-due support.

You need to find out how Ohio will treat a past-due New York child support
claim, if at all. Once you have that information you can calculate your
returns both ways and do what makes sense.
IIRC, Ohio is one of the states where you might want to file MFS to minimize
your total taxes. As Phil said, run the numbers both ways.
 

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