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?CorrectIf so, then that opens a solution. I'll file separately now, then immediately prepare an amendment to file jointly. If she signs that, great, and if she doesn't, I just throw it away, but at least my taxes are filed on time. The extension route is better, paying the balance due with MFS with the extension. The reason this is better than the file and amend approach is that you'll get your refund a lot faster the other way if she does agree to sign a joint return.PhilRule Your Retirement Home Fool
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