Can you file taxes as married if you are divorced?
You're not necessarily limited to filing a joint married or separate married return if the IRS says you're still married. Nor must you absolutely file a single return if you're technically divorced. You might qualify for another filing status: head of household.
How should I file my taxes if I got divorced?
Couples who are splitting up but not yet divorced before the end of the year have the option of filing a joint return. The alternative is to file as married filing separately. It's the year when your divorce decree becomes final that you lose the option to file as married joint or married separate.
What happens if you file single but your married?
What happens if my spouse filed “single” and i filed “married but filing separate”? Your spouse cannot use Single filing status. The IRS will catch it (because you correctly used Married Filing Separately [MFS]). He/she will receive a notice from the IRS to file an amended return.
Can a married couple file tax returns separately?
Married couples have the option to file jointly or separately on their federal income tax returns. The IRS strongly encourages most couples to file joint tax returns by extending several tax breaks to those who file together.