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Author: ToniABS One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121219  
Subject: Re: Marriage Penalty Date: 11/9/1999 5:41 AM
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Sorry, Mosey..

The sentence should have read "only one spouse can itemize specific items." If one spouse itemizes, then the other should as well since the standard deduction is not allowed for the second spouse filing FS 3. On the other hand, some couples do itemize all under one spouse instead of splitting it up. Some couples itemize all under the spouse in the higher bracket since any itemized deductions on the lower income return translates to a lower credit as opposed to the resulting credit on the higher return. It all depends. That's why I suggested to prepare the returns various ways. Prepare using FS 2 and FS 3. Go even further and determine what amount of itemized benefits the couple the most under who's return.

Hope this clarifies... the FS 3 question...

Toni
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