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I got married in 2012 and I was wondering how I should file

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I got married in 2012 and I was wondering how I should file my taxes this year. My husband did not work at all this year and this will not be filing. Should I still file as married? Also, he was my domestic partner last year and was on my medical insurance. Would this affect anything?
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Your IRS income tax filing status for the entire 2012 year depends on your marital status as of the last day of the year (Dec 31, 2012). If you are married as of that date and residing with your spouse, you can file a joint tax return with your spouse ("married joint") even if spouse had no income. Or you can file your own tax return as "married filing separately"). From the facts you are presenting, filing as "married joint" with spouse would generally be to your benefit.
The fact that he was your domestic partner last year and was on your medical insurance will not affect anything.
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