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Do "married filing separately" returns get audited more than "married filing jointly" returns? (A rumor.) If we file "jointly" do we each get a $24,000 Std Deduction?

 
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CarolynM
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Do "married filing separately" returns get audited more than "married filing jointly" returns? (A rumor.) If we file "jointly" do we each get a $24,000 Std Deduction?

There is no evidence that one type gets audited more than the other.

If you file jointly, you receive a standard deduction of $24,000; if you file separately, you each receive a standard deduction of $12,000. 

If you have dependents, there are credits that are not available if you file separately.

For more information, follow this link: Married Filing Jointly v Separately

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CarolynM
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Do "married filing separately" returns get audited more than "married filing jointly" returns? (A rumor.) If we file "jointly" do we each get a $24,000 Std Deduction?

There is no evidence that one type gets audited more than the other.

If you file jointly, you receive a standard deduction of $24,000; if you file separately, you each receive a standard deduction of $12,000. 

If you have dependents, there are credits that are not available if you file separately.

For more information, follow this link: Married Filing Jointly v Separately

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