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TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE SEPARATELY?! TAXES 2013?

Asked by: sleff 541 views YA Discussion

my husband made only 30 k last year (To file this year). with 2 dependents (kids) were expecting 9500. thats with out my income. i know this because i put his info in and this is what turbotax tells me. i wont get my w2s til next week so… anyway… i think i made 14k because i only worked part of the year due to disability, which im trying to get on, still. anyway,. BUT my measly 14k brings our 9.5k refund WAY DOWN because they took only a couple hundred in taxes out of my check?! why??? i will never know :( but this is the situation, and it sucks.

what to do? legally? with the most money outcome, please ;)

thank you!

ps i am currently unemployed and we have an 8 and a 2 year old. the 8 yo has developmental disability. dont own home. etc.
ok, here is another DUMB question. my 1st wasnt so bad, but, since i think i made like 12-13, maybe 14k, do i have to file? i looked it up, if i did mine alone, id be getting money *(only 500$ , but still, not OWING!) back… however, my plus hubbys $ makes for a much lower return..
i did each of ours separately (guesstimating mine from my last paystub) and we each get money back. however, together, we get significantly less. so……? how is this right or fair?! wth??

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  1. tro on Jan 18, 2013 Reply

    filing married separately disallows the EIC
    if your combined incomes exceed the EIC limit you would not get it anyway so that is probably your only decision to file either way

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  2. Hope on Jan 18, 2013 Reply

    If you and your husband live together you have two choices MFJ (Married Filing Joint) or MFS (Married Filing separate). If you were married and did not live together for the last 6 months of the year, you can be considered single for tax purposes and then the Head of Household would be an option.

    So to answer your question: Yes you can file separately.

    DUMB Question Answer: Yes you have to file taxes. The government needs to make sure that they get their money too in case you owe! :)

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  3. Wayne Z on Jan 18, 2013 Reply

    It lowers your refund because you are adding more income to the return but the return already includes all of your deductions.

    Wait for your W2 and file a joint return.

    If you file separately, you or he will not qualify for EIC.

    Ignore that $ 9500. It doesn’t really exist and never has as you were using incomplete data to calculate your refund.

    EDIT: Yes, you have to file. Period. End of Story.

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