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Ashness
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Married filing Jointly after Married filing Separately

Last year and previous years, I have filed "Married Filing Separately" with my husband. We each have our own Turbotax account and this year we decided to file "Married Filing Jointly." Do we both need to complete our own returns with our own Turbotax account, under the status of "Married Filing Jointly," then submit them separately this year? Every year going forward, will we then only need to do this on one Turbotax account? If it only needs to be completed on one account, how do we choose the account that is used?

I appreciate your time, thank you in advance. 

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Married filing Jointly after Married filing Separately

No    You do not use both of your accounts.  You use ONE of your accounts and put everything----everything---everything-- on ONE tax return.

 

To begin a new joint return on TurboTax:

 

You will not be able to merge two previous TT account to start your new joint return.  You can transfer ONE of your 2022 returns into a new return, so choose the most complicated one.  The other spouse’s information needs to be entered manually.

 

When you enter your own information in My Info, you have to answer the question "Were you married?"  If you click the button for Married, then a drop down will appear that asks, "Do you want to file this return together with your spouse?"  Then you choose yes to file a joint return.  You would then enter your spouse's information into My Info.

 

 Whenever you are entering income information there should then be a spot for you and for your spouse's income information.  Income screens will have spots with each spouse’s name—be careful to enter under the correct names.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Hal_Al
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Married filing Jointly after Married filing Separately

If you have ever filed as Married Filing Jointly (MFJ), with you current spouse,  prior to filing Married Filing Separately (MFS), in the past, then list the  same person first that was listed first the last time you filed MFJ.  The IRS doesn't like it when you change that. 

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