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I am married and am retired drawing SS with is less than $20,000. My wife works and makes over $100,000. Can she file as married and not use my income. I wouldn't file since I make less than $25,000. The reason to file separately would be there was no taxes taken out of my $19,300. What is your opinion? Thanks
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If I were you, I'd try it both ways as the Joint return tax brackets are a lot more favorable. Also, if she files Married Filing Separately she will also lose the benefit of several other deductions and limitations.

It would be a simple matter for her to complete her return without you & your figures using the Married Filing Separately Filing status, note the tax & then add you in switching to a Joint return & see which way produces the lowest tax.

Normally, that will be the Joint return filing. It may not seem logical to you, but that's the way it normally works out.

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