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|Subject: Married: File Joint or Separate||Date: 3/27/2014 10:27 PM|
|Author: progmtl||Number: 120610 of 124931|
Hi tax experts,
I am married and have always filed jointly; I figured it was easier and we didn't seem to fit into the categories of those who would benefit from filing separately (to my knowledge, which may have been limited).
Anyway, I am using H&R Block Deluxe to do my taxes. It has a filing status calculator/worksheet where you can compare filing joint with filing separately. The joint approach has us owing the IRS about $1500. But if I mess around with the allocations of income and deductions to each of us in the filing separate approach, I can make it so that I owe about $19k and my wife gets a refund of $25k. This is a net refund of about $6k.
So, is it legal to assign income and deductions like this? I'm not referring to wage income, which is left exactly as on the W2. I am referring to interest income, dividend income, deductions for mortgage interest, real estate taxes, tax refund income, etc. All of these are joint income/deductions in actuality. Can I divide them as I choose, or do they have to be split 50/50 (or by some other scheme)?
I think dividing up the deductions and having us both itemize is pulling us out of AMT territory. Any pointers would be helpful.
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