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Subject:  Re: Uncooperative, Signature Date:  3/29/2013  4:26 PM
Author:  Wradical Number:  118201 of 123001

A clarification about your statement - I thought the filing status was irrevocable, but if I read your statement, it sounds like I can file separately and change it to joint later. I just can't file joint now and change it to separately later. Is that right?

Right. It's a one-way street. Actually, the IRS language on the face of the form (1040-X) says you can amend to file separately, up until the due date of the return, but not after. That's because an amended return filed before April 15 is considered to be the original return, superseding the prior version.