My son is mine legally and I had more taxes deducted from my paychecks. My husband made less and owes on his own when filed separate. When I amended it shows we owe and I already received my return after filing separate. Is he owed any of my return? And who owes? Is it his responsibility or both?
If you want to be exact, then look at what happens in terms of owing or refund in turbo tax as married filing status when you ONLY put your information and then see what happens to the totals as you add his. The difference should be what he should pays. If you file married, the responsibility is legally yours and his together if you owe money. So before you file an ammended return jointly, calculate how much he would owe AND get his credit card or have him pay you in advance if you think it will be an issue.
Also, you can do the same what if scenario and show him that he would owe LESS (likely) if you file married to demonstrate why he is still better off paying some money in what he ALONE owes than if he files separately. (assuming that is the case with your particular financials). The great thing about Turbo Tax is that you can use it to do "what if " analysis BEFORE you file and use it in the same spirit to do TAX PLANNING (estimates) for the following year's return so you can make the right TAX choices in the current YEAR. Hope this helps!
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