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My DH and I got married in September last year, so this is our first year filing as a couple. He did a quick run through of our taxes and calculated that we might owe a hefty sum. I've heard of a "marriage penalty", but it seemed like a lot to me.

My questions is, since we were only married for 3/4 of the year, do we need to file jointly or seperately. Basically, what are our options? We'd appreciate any insights. Thank you.
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