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Income Tax questions....please give advice.

My sister and her husband have been seperated since last year. They recently moved back in with each other. She is confused on the income tax thing. They did not live together for more than 6 months of this year. She doesn't work so she doesn't have any income to file on. He is telling her that they should file seperate. She could claim two kids and he can claim one kid. Can she file and should she file seperate from him?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Jul. 28, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • If they are still legally married, they should file the same as they have in the past--either jointly or separately. Regardless of who is living where, as long as they are still married, they are legally responsible for each others income and joint property.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:09 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Not true, my best friend has been split from her husband for 6 years and files by herself. They don't have anything together but 2 children. Check with a tax prep.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:17 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Anon is they are just legally seperated then yes they can file Married Filing Seperately. But why would they stay seperated for 6 years rather than just getting a divorce? And why would they file seperetly all these years and MISS OUT on additional tax breaks and credits you ONLY get if filing jointly? What they are doing could have cost them thousands in refunds over the years!

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 5:21 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Have her call the IRS 1-800-829-1040 - Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:08 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • if she did not work she will not get anything they will not count his income if they are separated tell her to go here and do the calculator both ways and see what works for her


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

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