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You cant claim spouse as dependent, correct? What about using

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You can't claim spouse as dependent, correct? What about using Head of household instead of filing married filing jointly?

Although a spouse is not technically a dependent when married filing joint there is allowed an exemption amount to be deducted from income the same as if the spouse was claimed (regardless whether or not the spouse has any income).

Head of household is not proper instead of married filing joint and will likely result in more income tax due on the same income due to the tax tables having higher tax on the same income.

The best and most proper manner is to use married filing joint.

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