What is my filing status if my spouse and I are having marital problems?
(Revised November 2012)
Generally, if you are legally married at year-end, you are considered married for the entire tax year - even if you are going through a divorce. There are two exceptions to this rule:
If you are considered married for tax purposes, your tax filing
status will be married filing separately or filing jointly with your
spouse (assuming that both of you agree to file together). Usually, a
filing status of married filing separately costs more in taxes than the
other filing statuses.
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