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My son is trying to buy his first house (in San Francisco). He and his girlfriend have been living together for several years and are planning to get married. He was told it would be easier to buy a home if they weren't married. She is working and makes around $50,000. He has had a small coffee shop for about 5 years and it is just making a small profit. Would there be a tax benefit for them to marry before the end of the year - and how would that affect their home buying?

Also, I make about $50,000 per year, and am collecting Social Security (am over 65) of about $17,000 per year. I have had no taxes taken out of than and am claiming 2 exemptions on my job. My thought was that I would put the extra money into stocks - however, right now my tech stocks are not doing well. I live in California. Does anyone have any idea approximately what I will owe State and Federal taxes for 2000?

Thanks.
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