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Who should claim the kiddo, MFS.

I file married filing separately for student loan repayment purposes. I’m trying to determine who should claim and use the childcare FSA based on our incomes. I’ll make around 42k next year and my spouse will make 100k plus. I know traditionally the person making the most money should claim the child but I’m teetering near a lower tax bracket with enough deductions so I’m not entirely sure in this case. Thanks for any help!

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Who should claim the kiddo, MFS.

baring other factors.   the one in the highest tax bracket should generally claim .   if one on you takes itemized deductions then both must.   it highly unlikely that your spouse would have enough in itemized deductions to put her taxable income in a lower bracket than yours. 

 

TT on the web has Taxcaster by which you can see the approximate effects of of taking the FSA 

 

is the 42 and 100 gross or taxable income.    the reason i ask is that for you if it's gross,  the standard deduction (about 12,000) would  make your taxable income about 30,000. about 21,000 taxed at 12% and 9000 taxed at 10% .     so you would need about 33,000 (?) in itemized to get to the 10% bracket 

on the other hand if its taxable income your marginal tax bracket on about 4000 is 22%.    while if your wife's taxable is about 100,000 about 18,000 would be in the 24% bracket.  

 

Hal_Al
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Who should claim the kiddo, MFS.

The only way to be sure is to prepare returns both ways and compare. You can use this tool: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/calculators/taxcaster/?s=1

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