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Another expert here - You should also be made aware that the IRS has a procedure in place for people who file married filing jointly, but one of them has outstanding tax debt. The spouse without the debt files Form 8379, the Injured Spouse form, so that spouse will receive their proportionate share of the refund, while the other spouse's portion is kept to pay off the debt. Since married filing separately is the least advantageous filing status, you might be better served to file jointly and utilize Form 8379. Just thought you should know that you do have an option. Thank you.