Can you file joint taxes if divorced?
If you're in the middle of a divorce, you may file a joint return only if you are married at the end of the tax year (December 31) and both of you agree to the filing. However, if the divorce is final as of December 31, you can't file jointly—your filing status is either “Single” or “Head of household.”
Should I file a joint or separate tax return?
Separate tax returns may give you a higher tax with a higher tax rate. The standard deduction for separate filers is far lower than that offered to joint filers. If you file a separate return from your spouse, you are automatically disqualified from several of the tax deductions and credits mentioned earlier.
When should married couples file separate tax returns?
If you're married, deciding how to file your taxes—jointly or separately—may make a difference in how much you pay. Here's what you need to consider. Filing separately may be beneficial if you need to separate your tax liability from your spouse's, or if one spouse has a significant itemized deduction.
How are tax refunds split in divorce?
Community property states treat all income as earned by both of you, so you must therefore divide it 50-50 on your separate returns. For example, if you earned $150,000 and your spouse earned $30,000, she must report $90,000 and you must as well. The same holds true with most available tax deductions.