Filing status different for Federal return and State return


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rahul.rathi

Can I use a different filing status for Federal and State?

I got married in October last year, but I and my wife were
residing in separate states (PA and MA, resp)till early
2007. So, on Dec 31st we were married but did not stay
together.

For the state I guess we cannot file JOINT because of
different states (but I am not sure). Now, in that case can
we file the Federal taxes jointly?

Thanks

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Phil Marti

Can I use a different filing status for Federal and State?

I got married in October last year, but I and my wife were
residing in separate states (PA and MA, resp)till early
2007. So, on Dec 31st we were married but did not stay
together.

For the state I guess we cannot file JOINT because of
different states (but I am not sure). Now, in that case can
we file the Federal taxes jointly?
Some states require that you use the same filing status as
Federal, some don't. All states have ways of dealing with
couples in which only one spouse is a resident.

You have to look at the states' instructions, figure out
your options, then compare the overall effect of all
options. Either file for extensions or plan on spending
most of this weekend on this.
 
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