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This is the first year my wife and I will be filling under a married status. We each I have seperate itemized deductions, including mortgage interest, charitable deductions etc. Married filling seperately will be our status. My question is can we both claim itemize deductions(which do not over-lap)on our sperate returns? Or do they have to be claimed on one return? Thanks in advance for your help! FoolFann.

My guess to the one you did, based purely on reasonableness (which doesn't always drive IRS regulations, admittedly) is that, of course you'll be able to claim those deductions separately. What else would that status be about if not allowing all the usual privileges to the person doing the filing.

Now let me answer a question you didn't ask with another recommendation: Get yourself a copy of TurboTax or TaxCut and use it to answer questions like the one you asked. Also, use it to model tax returns both ways -- married/joint and married/separate. Those software packages are so inexpensive that they pay for themselves many times over each year. I say this purely as a user; I don't write the software; nor do I own stock in the companies that do, but they're great.

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