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Filing married joint?

Hopefully I can make some sense of this.

so for the past 3 years my boyfriend and I have had to file married filing joint. He got audited because he claimed one of my kids as a dependent. A tax advocate said if we are going to claim the kids (biological they are mine, he claims as his step kids) we will have to file married filing joint from here on out. But we are not legally married nor com in law. we have been together for 5 years. Unfortunately we split up and I did give him permission to claim my kids this tax season. Will we have to file together? If we file separate can he claim one of my kids? I know this sounds confusing. But from what the tax advocate told me sounds weird. Please help! 

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Filing married joint?

You have been filing inaccurate returns if not fraudulent one since you can’t file as married if you are not. 

To answer your question, since the kids are yours, only you can claim them. File as Head of Household assuming you pay more than half of the expenses for your household. 

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