married filing separately


A tax filing status indicating that a married couple is filing two separate tax returns, one for each individual. Married couples have the option of filing jointly or separately. Although filing jointly often results in less taxes, filing separately is sometimes preferable when one partner has significant medical expenses, casualty losses, or miscellaneous itemized deductions.

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The U.S. Tax system is so convoluted, I have to have my accountant run the numbers for us if filing jointly versus 'married filing separately'.

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Because of mounting medical cost due to my cancer, we found that it was beneficial this year to file our tax status as married filing separately.

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When a married couple chooses not to file a joint tax return because they are in conflict or because filing alone saves money, the couple can opt for a tax filing status called "married filing separately".

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