Solved: Can my wife and I file a different status on our state return than we do on our federal return? We get a much larger state return by filing separately on same return for state.
Sign Up

Why sign in to the Community?

  • Submit a question
  • Check your notifications
or and start working on your taxes
Announcements
TurboTax has you covered during Covid. Get the latest second stimulus info here.
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
New Member

Can my wife and I file a different status on our state return than we do on our federal return? We get a much larger state return by filing separately on same return for state.

 
1 Best answer

Accepted Solutions
Employee Tax Expert

Can my wife and I file a different status on our state return than we do on our federal return? We get a much larger state return by filing separately on same return for state.

Yes, you may.  I know of two states that have this filing status, Arkansas and Kentucky.  It is not only legal but encouraged for a married couple to file married filing separately on a combined return, especially when both of you have income.  This way, you each get at least the standard deduction and also (potentially) a lower tax bracket for your separate incomes.  This is because these two states do not have a separate tax table for joint filers.  So, if this is your situation, you are absolutely correct to file separately on a combined return.

**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"

View solution in original post

3 Replies
Employee Tax Expert

Can my wife and I file a different status on our state return than we do on our federal return? We get a much larger state return by filing separately on same return for state.

Yes, you may.  I know of two states that have this filing status, Arkansas and Kentucky.  It is not only legal but encouraged for a married couple to file married filing separately on a combined return, especially when both of you have income.  This way, you each get at least the standard deduction and also (potentially) a lower tax bracket for your separate incomes.  This is because these two states do not have a separate tax table for joint filers.  So, if this is your situation, you are absolutely correct to file separately on a combined return.

**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"

View solution in original post

New Member

Can my wife and I file a different status on our state return than we do on our federal return? We get a much larger state return by filing separately on same return for state.

Exactly what I was looking for. I am in Arkansas, so this fits for me. Thank You!
Employee Tax Expert

Can my wife and I file a different status on our state return than we do on our federal return? We get a much larger state return by filing separately on same return for state.

Your more than welcome.
**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"
Dynamic Ads
v
Privacy Settings