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cck469
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Should I file Married separate or joint if my spouse has outstanding tax debt with IRS prior to us becoming married. Trying to keep our tax refund from getting garnished

 
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bluedeb
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Should I file Married separate or joint if my spouse has outstanding tax debt with IRS prior to us becoming married. Trying to keep our tax refund from getting garnished

It is usually better to file as Married Filing Joint, you can include the Injured Spouse form with your tax return.

The Injured Spouse form (8379), is filed by one spouse (the injured spouse) on a jointly filed tax return when the joint overpayment was (or is expected to be) applied (offset) to a past-due obligation of the other spouse. By filing Form 8379, the injured spouse may be able to get back his or her share of the joint refund.  If you include the Injured Spouse Form with your return it can take the IRS 11 to 14 weeks to process your return.

Married Filing Joint vs. Married Filing Separately

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

 

When Married Filing Separately Will Save You Taxes

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Family/When-Married-Filing-Separately-Will-Save-You-T...


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