When to file taxes married filing
There are many reasons why a taxpayer may
want to file taxes as married filing separately. First of all,
you have to be married to file your tax return using the
married filing separately tax filing status. Bear in mind also
that the married filing separately tax filing status is the
worst tax filing status for getting tax refunds, tax credits,
or tax deductions.
When not to file taxes married filing
If you are married and you can file married
filing jointly with your spouse, you will get much better tax
benefits such as higher standard deductions and plenty of tax
credits that are not available to any taxpayers filing married
filing separately. So, if you can file married filing jointly
then it is better, tax wise, to do so.
When might someone file taxes as married
For example, if you don't want to be liable
for the taxes that your spouse has incurred, you may opt to
file married filing separately. If you file married filing
jointly then you are both liable for whatever income taxes are
assessed on your situation. Some people file married filing
separately because either spouse has not filed his or her
income taxes for the past years and the good spouse did not
want to get into a mess with the IRS.
If your spouse has a tax problem which
you don't want to get involved or is not your problem, then you
may want to just file married filing separately.