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"Hence, for this taxpayer, there's probably no benefit to filing separate returns unless they're in a community property state."

Thanks, but I still don't get it. In a community property state, personal expenses paid from commmunity funds (it's not who's sick, it's who pays) are split 50-50 like the income. So it would seem all they gain is a higher tax bracket and lots of limitations, including that on the child tax credit.

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