Can a spouse take your inheritance?
One way you can keep your inheritance is to come to an amicable agreement with your former spouse about how to divide the marital assets. This means that the inherited asset can not be used for the betterment of the family, and family assets cannot be used for the betterment or management of the inherited asset.
Is it better to file jointly or separately when married?
Married couples have to file taxes jointly or separately, and one filing status often results in greater tax savings. Generally, it’s better to file jointly when you’re married — you’ll get double the standard deduction and have full access to valuable deductions and credits to lower your tax liability.
How do I file if my spouse has no income?
Even if you or your spouse had no income or deductions, you can still file a joint return. In contrast, you use the Married Filing Separately status to report your own income, exemptions, deductions, and credits on two separate tax returns. Even if only one of you had income, you can still file a separate return.
How do I file if only one spouse works?
If you are married, you can file a joint tax return with your spouse even if only one of you had income. There is nothing in the tax rules requiring that a husband and wife both have income in order to file jointly.