Married taxpayers have a choice when selecting their filing status. They can file as either:
- Married Filing Jointly (MFJ), meaning both persons income and deductions are combined on one tax return and both are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the return.
- Married Filing Separately (MFS), where each person files a separate tax return, but are subject to limitations as to the credits and deductions available.
Generally married filing jointly has more advantages, or more to the point, offers lower taxes. However, for more about the benefits of choosing one or the other, see Married Filing Jointly vs. Married Filing Separately.
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