I forgot to add to the original question that we are both "Married filing separately", not jointly. This is because my return is much more complicated because of rental income both here and in the UK and equities, etc That i need to see a CPA every year. My wife's is so simple, because she does'nt need to "itemize" and can fill her's out on turboTax in one evening. She figures that if she gets audited,she won't have to deal with my tax return, which is understandable.
Also I was informed by a previous CPA, that once I change from "Married filing separately" to "Married filing Jointly", I cannot revert back to"Married filing Separatley" again. Is this so? And what is your advise/answer now after reading the first paragraph?