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If your husband's name is first on your payments, (and on your return) everything goes into an account under his name...and has been for as long as you have been filing jointly.

I know this because after my husband and I separated, I continued to mail in the pre-prepared estimated payments for the rest of that year, not realizing that he was getting credit for everything. When I filed head of household for that tax year (we were separated for more than 6 months), my account was considered to be "new" as though I hadn't filed taxes at all since we began filing jointly, and it was also empty!

Luckily I caught this before filing taxes and just before the IRS refunded the estimated payments to my ex, and believe it or not, they were very understanding and helpful in getting me through the proper documentation and paperwork necessary (notarized statments from me and my ex, copies of cancelled checks, etc)and my payments were properly credited before my taxes were filed.

Unfortunately I forgot about State taxes, and my ex got the refund and didn't tell me until I got a notice 6 months later that I owed the state tax, interest and penalty. He did graciously return the refund to me, and I managed to get the penalty removed, but I got stuck with the interest.

Not that I would imply anything about the stability of your marriage, but just a thought to keep in the back of your mind.

DP...not a tax expert, but adding my $.02 anyway.
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