(Closed) How do we file our taxes?!

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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581 posts
Busy bee

Your 2010 taxes (due April 15, 2011) will be filed under “single” status.  Your 2011 taxes will be filed under married/joint status.  Themore deductions you take the less they take out for taxes.

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Your filing status is dependent on if you are married on the last day of the year. For 2010 taxes, you will be single, and 2011 taxes you will be married. It doesn’t matter when during the year you get married, as long as you are married December 31st.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Your date showed January 2011 so I thought that was your wedding date.  Sorry.  If you were married one day in 2010, you will file joint in 2010.  It’s like if you have a baby on Dec. 31, you claim them as a dependent for the year they were born.

Post # 7
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295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the part that may be confusing is that the taxes you pay on April 15, 2011 don’t cover January 1-April 15, 2011—they’re only for the 2010 calendar year. (They just give you four months to get all of the paperwork together before you file.) So you file as single unless you got married during 2010. You can change your deductions in January, too, so for now you should just deduct based on filing as single.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re in the middle of looking into the deductions setup too, and they actually have a third option, which is to file a joint married return but deduct as though you’re still single. For us, this was the smartest option to make sure we didn’t trigger penalties for underpaying, but I imagine it depends on whether you both work and how much you make respectively. We benefit a lot by filing jointly rather than separately because we have a mortgage and student loans, so it ends up being better to count that all against our combined incomes. But it’s different for everyone. For most people there’s no longer a “marriage penalty” to filing jointly, though—Congress has slowly been correcting that in the tax code, so for most people it’s better or comparable to file jointly now (with some exceptions for specific income or asset combos).

Good luck—it can definitely be confusing!!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oakster has some great comments and I agree they are all correct! 

 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Yep…you file together, trust me on that one. lol  We were married Dec. 29th, 2009.  And even though we were only married for 2 days in 2009, we still had to file as married.  We chose to file jointly because it worked out that we would get a better refund that way, but you can still file separately…just have to indicate that you are married.

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