Disabled spouse and taxes?
Asked by: jmlcpl
My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have been separated for nearly all of that time – I have never filed married – always head of household. In the 13 years that I have known him, he has never filed taxes but has never made more than 20K/year. He is now permanently disabled (for the past three years) and we are residing together so clearly I provide more than 50% of his care. He received a couple of years ago a tax inquiry that requested proof of his disability to negate what he owed but I believe that was at the county level. Is it smart for me to suddenly claimed married filing jointly with him as a dependent since clearly our budget is already taking a ridiculous hit with his illness and care. His current yearly income on SSDi is $ 9,108/year and this year I have made under $ 10k due to unemployment and caring for him and our two elementary school aged children. We live in Virginia.