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I always tack on "including the state if the state requires the same filing status as used on the Federal."

I'm told that the structure of the Ohio income tax more often than not makes it advantageous for a couple who both work to file MFS. (In DC it's usually to their advantage to file separate DC returns, but they can do that even if they file the Federal jointly.)

In Ohio the slight penalty for filing federal separate can be outweighed by the state bonus. Happened to several co-workers.
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