Tax Filing Help
 

Filing Taxes When Married

When a taxpayer is married, there are two tax filing status he or she could choose. The first tax filing status for a married person is married filing jointly and the second if married filing separately. While filing taxes jointly with a spouse allows many more tax benefits than filing separately, there are sometimes reasons why a taxpayer may want to file separately.

If a taxpayer is married, the next question to ask is if the taxpayer is filing separately with his or her spouse.

Filing with spouse Filing with spouse? YES Married Filing jointly tax filing status

Married but not filing with spouse

 NO

Paid over half of cost of keeping up the home all year?  Filing with spouse? YES

Married but not filing with spouse

 NO

Married filing separately tax status