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marandolph80
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If im married filing sep head of household/wtih child/standard deduction, can my spouse itemize their deductions or have to do standard as well & we are both filing sep?

 
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VolvoGirl
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If im married filing sep head of household/wtih child/standard deduction, can my spouse itemize their deductions or have to do standard as well & we are both filing sep?

The spouse filing MFS can Itemize.  CAN

The person filing HOH does NOT have to itemize unless they want to, but the person filling MFS MUST itemize if the HOH spouse does.

The rule for MFS says you MUST itemize if your spouse itemizes.

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SweetieJean
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If im married filing sep head of household/wtih child/standard deduction, can my spouse itemize their deductions or have to do standard as well & we are both filing sep?

Have you lived apart from your spouse the entire second half of 2017?
kuriousdime
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If im married filing sep head of household/wtih child/standard deduction, can my spouse itemize their deductions or have to do standard as well & we are both filing sep?

thank you all for your responses volvogirl answered my question perfectly. and sweetiejean yes we actually lived apart the whole year because of my job.
VolvoGirl
Level 15

If im married filing sep head of household/wtih child/standard deduction, can my spouse itemize their deductions or have to do standard as well & we are both filing sep?

The spouse filing MFS can Itemize.  CAN

The person filing HOH does NOT have to itemize unless they want to, but the person filling MFS MUST itemize if the HOH spouse does.

The rule for MFS says you MUST itemize if your spouse itemizes.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

If im married filing sep head of household/wtih child/standard deduction, can my spouse itemize their deductions or have to do standard as well & we are both filing sep?

If you were married at the end of 2017 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 each receive the $4050 personal exemption, plus the married filing jointly standard deduction of $12,700 (add $1250 for each spouse over the age of 65).  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.  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

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