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What if I don't know which deduction my spouse if using when filing separately?

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Vanessa A
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What if I don't know which deduction my spouse if using when filing separately?

It is best to ask them but if they won't tell you and they itemize, then the IRS will make adjustments to your return and send you a letter giving you the chance to itemize as well.  If one spouse itemizes, both spouses must itemize. 

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