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"Unless you live in a community property state, you're going to be better off with a joint return. If you do live in a community property state, separate returns may be worth investigating"

Could you please elaborate just a little on that comment?

In a community property state, income and deductions are generally split evenly between the spouses. In separate property states, income and deductions are claimed by the spouse that earns or spends the money. In this case, one spouse has all the income, so MFS returns will be very different depending on whether their state is a community or separate property state. In a community property state, the non-working spouse will have income to report, while in a separate property state, there will be no income. With no income, there's no benefit to any deductions. Hence, for this taxpayer, there's probably no benefit to filing separate returns unless they're in a community property state.

--Peter <==wondering if he elaborated a little too much?
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