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"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. "

What matters is your marital status at the end of the year. If you were married at 11:55PM on December 31, then your options are no different then they are getting married in September or January: married, filing jointly, or married, filing separately. You can figure it both ways, but for most of us married filing jointly is cheaper than married filing separately.
Congratulations on your marriage! Chris
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