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Married? File Jointly or Separately

Taxpayers who are married have two options for filing their tax returns: either jointly or separately. The IRS offers incentives in the form of different tax breaks to couples who file together. While it’s generally most advantageous for married couples to file a joint return, there are some situations where filing a separate return may […]

In some cases, yes. While most couples who are married file a return together, combining their income into a single amount to be taxed. Filing a joint return is generally simpler for couples, and most of the time will produce a lower tax bill than if the couples filed their returns separately. However, there are […]

Choosing the Right Tax Filing Status

When you file your tax return, ensuring you used the right filing status can make a big difference to your wallet. Depending on which status you use, you’ll be eligible for different credits and deductions, and how much of them you are entitled to. There are five filing statuses, and each one affects your tax […]

Newly Wedded at Tax Time

The wedding bells have rung, the rings exchanged, and now its tax season. So what exactly does that mean for you, a recently married taxpayer? First, you need to know how to file your return. You can use either married filing separately or married filing jointly, the latter which generally provides the lowest tax rate. […]

Marital Status Affects Your Tax Return

Knowing which filing status you should choose is the first step in completing your tax return. Your status can affect different areas of your return, including taxation rates, requirements for filing, different credits, and which standard deduction you are eligible for. Your filing status is dependent on whether you are married or not. If you […]

At tax time, any different thresholds and credit eligibilities are dependent upon your specific relationship status. If you’re a newlywed, here’s what changes you should expect when you file your tax return. Filing Status Once you tie the knot before December 31st of the tax year, you file your taxes either jointly or separately as […]

Using the status married, filing separately on a tax return is appropriate for couples who want to keep all of their financial records separate, including their income and expenses. However, if you chose to file separate tax returns, you may not miss out on important deductions and credits that are only available to married couples […]

Being a Parent Can Be Extra Rewarding

Taxes can be difficult to prepare on your own, and as a parent, the addition of dependents can make things even more difficult. However, by claiming your child(ren) as a dependent, you become entitled to a variety of tax savings from the government. In order to maximize your benefits as a parent, follow these tips: […]

If you’re married, you have two different status options for filing your taxes. You can file Married, Filing Separately, or Married, Filing Jointly. Whether or not you share a bank account, or have separate financial accounts doesn’t actually matter. What does matter is your marital status. Filing your tax return separately from your spouse’s is […]

The Three Exemptions

For the 2014 tax year, filers can claim exemptions for three different categories, worth $3,950 each, if they meet the requirement for each exemption. Also, taxpayers who are high-income may be subject to a phase-out rule, in which these exemptions do not apply. Yourself: Unless you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax […]