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b_ma2010
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Married Filing Separately

My wife and I file our federal jointly and state separately.  This is due to my Home of Record being in Alabama and I'm Active Duty in Virginia.  She files Virginia state taxes.  What do I need to do for this process?

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Married Filing Separately

If you need to file a Joint federal and separate state returns

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/using-turbotax/help/how-do-i-prepare-a-joint-federal-return-and-se...

 

Reading the FAQ it looks like you have to use 3 accounts.  One to file the Joint return.  Then you each need another account to fill out fake federal MFS returns to do your separate state returns.    So you will have to PAY for 3 online accounts (3 federal returns and 2 state returns).  That's why it's cheaper to use the Desktop installed program.    If you don't have a computer to install the desktop program on maybe it would be cheaper and easier to go to a local accountant or tax place.

 

Online is only good for 1 return per account.  But you can use the same email address for 5 accounts.   How to start another return in the Online version

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/using-turbotax/help/how-do-i-start-another-return-in-turbotax-onli...

 

Or buy the Desktop CD/Download program here

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/cd-download/

TomD8
Level 15

Married Filing Separately

Are you aware of the VBTA Act of 2018, which states that if a Servicemember is a legal resident of a particular state for tax purposes, the spouse can unilaterally elect to also be a resident of that same state?

 

See page 3 of this reference:

https://www.jag.navy.mil/legal_services/documents/Info_Paper_2018_SCRA_Amendments.pdf

 

And the "Military Spouses" section of this reference:

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/1740689/

**Answers are correct to the best of my ability but do not constitute tax or legal advice.

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