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Getting Divorced
If you're going through a divorce, taxes may be the last thing on your mind, so we're here to help. We've got tips for you on which filing status to choose after the divorce, who can claim the exemptions for the kids, and how payments to an ex-spouse are treated for tax purposes. Read more…

Should You and Your Spouse File Taxes Jointly or Separately?
Married couples have the option to file jointly or separately on their federal income tax returns. The IRS strongly encourages most couples to file joint tax returns by extending several tax breaks to those who file together. In the vast majority of cases, it's best for married couples to file jointly, but there may be a few instances when it's better to submit separate returns. Read more…

What is IRS Form 8379: Injured Spouse Allocation
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the power to seize income tax refunds when a taxpayer owes certain debts, such as unpaid taxes or overdue child support. Sometimes, a married couple's joint tax refund will be seized because of a debt for which only one spouse is responsible. When that happens, the other spouse is said to be "injured" and can file Form 8379 to get at least some of the refund. Read more…

Claiming a Domestic Partner as a Dependent
Most people claimed as dependents are children or other relatives. However, you may also be able to claim an unrelated dependent, such as a domestic partner. Read more…

State Tax Filing for Same-Sex Couples
Many states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex couples to file joint returns. With this right comes tax complications for qualifying couples. Read more…

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