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so can this be done?
Just to be sure you understand, there is no "primary tax payer"
Yes. Thanks. It just seemed weird to me that I was listed as primary when she is the primary breadwinner, and she is also listed as primary taxpayer on our local returns. So maybe I will switch to her as primary on the federal return as well to keep it consistent.
Does that seem reasonable?
And you most definitely want to continue to file jointly for TWO big reasons
(1) standard deduction is larger
(2) tax is lower on same levels of income
Sure, there's no problem with that, but it won't really make any difference ... again it's the filing status that really matters
Thanks. I just wanted to make sure. I'll keep filing jointly, and as long as there is no problem in switching her to primary on the federal as well I will do that. Ithught it might be a problem because she has a different ssn of course, but if it is no problem then that is fine, right?
Yes, that's fine. Both socials will be there either way