switching from married filing jointly to married filing single


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Bright Star

Do you have to keep filing taxes the same way every year? We had been
filing as "married filing jointly" BUT I want to switch to "married
filing single" because she's going to have her refund taken before she
sees it due to her owing back child support & I want ALL my refund. We
didn't get our refund last year because of this very thing.
We filed last year together & were supposed to have gotten a $1,800
refund but domestic relations took ALL OF IT even though it has nothing
to do with me!
I could have filed for injured spouse claim but the process looked
more complicated than it needed to be so I said.."the hell with it".
THIS year I want to do it different & if she doesn't get a refund
then oh well...lol.
 
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Phil Marti

Bright Star said:
Do you have to keep filing taxes the same way every year?
No.

We had been
filing as "married filing jointly" BUT I want to switch to "married
filing single" because she's going to have her refund taken before she
sees it due to her owing back child support & I want ALL my refund. We
didn't get our refund last year because of this very thing.
We filed last year together & were supposed to have gotten a $1,800
refund but domestic relations took ALL OF IT even though it has nothing
to do with me!
You picked her. Don't blame Domestic Relations.
I could have filed for injured spouse claim but the process looked
more complicated than it needed to be so I said.."the hell with it".
To each his own. Evidently the money wasn't worth it. You could still file
that claim.
THIS year I want to do it different & if she doesn't get a refund
then oh well...lol.
I guess some people would see her kids' getting stiffed a thing to laugh
about. That's why they make chocolate and vanilla.
 
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Arthur Kamlet

You picked her. Don't blame Domestic Relations.


To each his own. Evidently the money wasn't worth it. You could still file
that claim.


I guess some people would see her kids' getting stiffed a thing to laugh
about. That's why they make chocolate and vanilla.

Filing an injured spouse allocatgion form is not all that
difficult and usually worht the effort. Better than filing MFS
and donating taxes to the gov't.
 
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Paul Thomas, CPA

Bright Star said:
THIS year I want to do it different & if she
doesn't get a refund then oh well...lol.


What a sad commentary on the future of your relationship.
 
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ustaxmaster

Do you have to keep filing taxes the same way every year? We had been
filing as "married filing jointly" BUT I want to switch to "married
filing single" because she's going to have her refund taken before she
sees it due to her owing back child support & I want ALL my refund. We
didn't get our refund last year because of this very thing.
We filed last year together & were supposed to have gotten a $1,800
refund but domestic relations took ALL OF IT even though it has nothing
to do with me!
I could have filed for injured spouse claim but the process looked
more complicated than it needed to be so I said.."the hell with it".
THIS year I want to do it different & if she doesn't get a refund
then oh well...lol.

Dude, you are married which means you are one.

However, Married filing Separately causes you to loose some credits.
Make sure you check with a local tax professional before doing this.

File the injured spouse form. It is easy and you will get earned income
credit, child tax credits, etc IF YOU QUALIFY. MFS you loose.
 
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Arthur Kamlet

However, Married filing Separately causes you to loose some credits.
Make sure you check with a local tax professional before doing this.

File the injured spouse form. It is easy and you will get earned income
credit, child tax credits, etc IF YOU QUALIFY. MFS you loose.


Child tax credit is Not one of those that gets zapped when MFS is
used.
 

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