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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?]]

If you end up filing married/separate (I hope to GOD that you are familar with the's not as simple as you might think...check out my posts on married/separate filing in the Taxes fAQ area), if one of you itemizes your deuctions, then the OTHER one must also itemize. So if your both really have separate itemized deductions (and not necessarily deductions generated from community income), then you'll want to itemize deductions on each return.

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