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pknotts3
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I recently got married and he has a daughter. If we claim married but file separately, will he still get all of his tax return for claiming his daughter? We aren’t wanting to file together becaus

 
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xmasbaby0
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I recently got married and he has a daughter. If we claim married but file separately, will he still get all of his tax return for claiming his daughter? We aren’t wanting to file together becaus

Filing MFS means no earned income credit and no childcare credit and no education credits.  So if those things matter to him, MFS is a poor choice.

 

If you were legally married at the end of 2019 your filing choices are married filing jointly or married filing separately.

Married Filing Jointly is usually better, even if one spouse had little or no income. When you file a joint return, you and your spouse will get the married filing jointly standard deduction of $24,400 (+$1300 for each spouse 65 or older)  You are eligible for more credits including education credits, earned income credit, child and dependent care credit, and a larger income limit to receive the child tax credit.

 

If you choose to file married filing separately, both spouses have to file the same way—either you both itemize or you both use standard deduction. Your tax rate will be higher than on a joint return. Some of the special rules for filing separately include: you cannot get earned income credit, education credits, adoption credits, or deductions for student loan interest. A higher percent of your Social Security benefits may be taxable. Your limit for SALT (state and local taxes and sales tax) will be only $5000 per spouse. In many cases you will not be able to take the child and dependent care credit. The amount you can contribute to a retirement account will be affected. If you live in a community property state, you will be required to provide additional information regarding your spouse’s income. ( Community property states:  AZ, CA, ID, LA, NV, NM, TX, WA, WI)

If  you are using online TurboTax to prepare your returns, you will need to prepare two separate returns and pay twice.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894449-married-filing-jointly-vs-married-filing-separately

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901162-married-filing-separately-in-community-property-states

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894449-is-it-better-for-a-married-couple-to-file-jointly-or-separ...

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Carl
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I recently got married and he has a daughter. If we claim married but file separately, will he still get all of his tax return for claiming his daughter? We aren’t wanting to file together becaus

Simple answer is NO.  When a married couple files separately, the both *AUTOMATICALLY* disqualify themselves for deductions and credits they would otherwise get if they filed joint.  For a married couple to file separate is the most costly way they can file tax-wise.

 

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