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Married filing single and married filing joint

Is there anything that states you must be married a certain amount of time in the year to file joint?

It used to be that if you weren't married at least 6 months, you had to file married filing seperately.


Asked by Jademom07 at 9:55 AM on Jan. 27, 2011 in Money & Work

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Answers (3)
  • No - there is not, nor has there even been a minimum time to be married to file jointly. It's only if you separate (but are still married) and want to file separately (or head of household) instead of joint - you have to have been separated for at least 6 months.

    Answer by missanc at 10:05 AM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • I don't think there is. At least I've never heard of it.

    Answer by austinsmama1106 at 9:59 AM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • You can be married one day in the tax year and file married filing joint, just like if you have a child on Dec 31st, you can still claim them as a dependent in that tax year.

    Answer by Scuba at 10:36 AM on Jan. 27, 2011