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I got married at the end of 2000. When computing our taxes, I realized that we will get hit hard by filing jointly for 2000 (and married filing separte doesn't help us either).

I know that your marital status on the last day of the year determines your filing status, but my question is this: If we each filed single for 2000, would the IRS know? My wife's 2000 W-2 has her maiden name on it and we've lived together for a few years, so the addresses have been the same.

I KNOW this is not legal or ethical, but I was just wondering if the IRS or Social Security Administration has any record of when people get married.

Not looking to make waves, but just curious. Thanks.
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