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Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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Hi Megan; I have a taxpayer that filed as HOH for the years

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Hi Megan; I have a taxpayer that filed as HOH for the years 2006-2008 because while legally married, she did not always know the whereabouts of her husband. Her husband did not file at all for those years and the IRS has contacted him. In your opinion, do I have to amend the original return to incorporate the husbands income and change the filing status? Or would I have a case to prepare his returns as married filing separate and leave it at that?

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I would prepare his returns as MFS and leave it at that.

Megan C :

You can amend to go from separate to joint, but not joint back to separate. With the back tax issue, I would just file separate


Thanks. I think that is the most expedient. I appreciate your opinion & advice.

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