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My husband was injured on his job february 2010 and received

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workman's comp. He wasn't...
My husband was injured on his job february 2010 and received workman's comp. He wasn't able to go back. He worked briefly part-time in October but suffered another work related injury requiring surgery. I was a stay at home mom working part time from home making about a $100 a month. I also briefly worked at a retail store for two months making $8 an hour. My other source of income was $500 a month in child support. Would it be to "my" benefit to file married but separately on our taxes?
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With a negligible income on your side of this it would make more sense to file a joint return. However, if you wish you can calculate your taxes both ways and see which works best. Please remember that in a separate return some tax benefits are not available that are available in a joint return so it makes sense to do a complete calculation of the return both ways before deciding. Once you have the numbers for a joint return preparing separate returns for comparison is a simple matter. There are many software programs available that will permit this dual computation and some are available for nominal cost.

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Since I'm new to this, what tax programs online can I utilize to see if filing separately is feasible?

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The one I use is available at www.taxact.com. It is free unless you chose to file electronically. Then there is a small fee for the processing. Although I use the professional version there is a version for those preparing their own returns and it has a question and answer feature to help you catch all your deductions and credits. It can print a paper return if you wish to file that way. I do recommend this. Others, I have heard good and bad reports about.
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