MY HUSBAND OWES MONEY TO THE IRS.

WILL I BE AFFECTED BY THIS IF WE ARE NOT FILING TOGETHER? WE WERE MARRIED IN 2011, AND OWES TAXES FROM 2005, 2006, AND 2007.
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    Since you were married in 2011 you can file as Married Filing Separate or Married Filing Joint.  If you file as Married Filing Separate your refund will not be taken for his back taxes owed.  You can also file as Married Filing Joint and include 8379 (Injured Spouse Form), 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 live in a community property state (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.), the injured spouse relief may be different than in other states, see the following under Community Property Laws Disregarded:
    http://www.irs.gov/publications/p555/ar02.html#d0e928

    Married Filing Joint is usually the best method even if only one spouse has income, you pay less tax, it has the highest standard deduction ($11,600), and all credits you may qualify for are available.  

    Married Filing Separate, you will usually pay more tax on a separate return, the standard deduction is half of what a joint return is, you cannot take all the credits you may qualify for, for ex.  You cannot take the earned income credit or the education credits, and some deductions and credits are reduced at income levels that are half those for a joint return, for ex. Child Tax Credit.

    For more information on filing status, see the following
    http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch02.html#en_US_publink1000170777
    • SO JUST TO MAKE SURE, EVEN THOUGH AS I AM FILLING OUT THE INFORMATION ON THE TURBO TAX WEBSITE, AND IT ASKS FOR HIS NAME AND SSN, HE WILL NOT BE INCLUDED ON MY RETURN AS LONG AS I FILE SEPERATELY?
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    Correct, when you file as Married Filing Separate is will ask for your spouse's name and SSN, that is because when you file separate returns both spouses must either itemize or use the standard deduction and the IRS uses the information to match the returns to make sure both used the Itemized Deduction or the Standard deduction BUT your refund will not be taken when filing separate.  You won't enter anything else regarding your spouse on your return.

    Note:  Since you are filing Online you would need to prepare two separate returns under two separate accounts, one for you and one for your spouse.
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    • if my husband owe taxes and we filr together will we get taxes back
    • yes....i just filed jointly ...and the Gov took my taxes for her Child support...ALL OF IT...so i amending my taxes to married seperate
    • My husband still owes $2000.00 from 2007. Each year we filed seperatly while he was paying it down. Now since it is almost paid for, we want to file jointly to get it paid off faster. How can I report on tax return that we still owe this money?
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    hhpcandi1:  You don't enter anything on your return regarding owing back taxes, any taxes owed will automatically be deducted from your joint refund, if there is any remaining refund it will be sent to you, if the refund was not enough to cover the taxes due then you will receive a bill for the remaining amount owed.
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