Hello and thank you for using Just Answer. You can get a copy of your 2008 IRS Tax Return Transcript which have about 95% of the information of your original tax return from the IRS with Form 4506T, www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf, .
Taxpayer may file jointly if on the last day of the year they are:
Married living together.
Married and living apart, but not legally separated or divorced
Separated under an interlocutory (not final) divorce decree
Any taxpayer who is married at the end of the year can elect to file separately.
Do you own a home with a mortgage? Do you have large medical expenses?