Married Filing Jointly

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Married Filing Jointly

A situation in which a married couple files a single tax return. Married persons usually file jointly if only one spouse makes the majority of the income; if both spouses make a significant income, filing jointly may be more complicated than it is worth. When a married couple files jointly, each spouse is completely responsible for the tax liability.

Married Filing Jointly

A filing status that can be used by taxpayers who are married at the end of the tax year and not legally separated under a final decree of divorce or separate maintenance. The income, deductions, and credits of both spouses are entered on a joint return.
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You may qualify for this tax credit if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $66,000 or less ($132,000 or less if you file jointly).
That threshold applies even if only one spouse has reached 65 and you file jointly. For those under 65, medical expenses are deductible only if they exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income.
Their taxable income is $210,000 if they file jointly; if they file separately, the husband's taxable income is $110,000 and the wife's taxable income is $100,000 (including $40,000 royalty income on a property that the wife inherited from her parents).
The guidance for those couples was limited to the issue of whether such couples can file jointly in Vermont, not how to treat specific items.
You are married, file jointly, and determine your taxable income for 2010 to be $205,000 currently--the total of interest income ($10,000), salary ($80,000), commissions ($40,000) and pass-through earnings from your company ($75,000).
Most couples file jointly, because separate returns could force one spouse into a higher tax rate.
Alas, life gets hectic and things get disorganized, so I wasn't surprised when, amid my medical receipts, I found a graduation announcement, a copy of a speech I gave last spring and a complete list of where our sons can find our will and other pertinent information should She Who I File Jointly With and I be deducted from this Earth.
The 2005 deductibility limits of IRA contributions for married couples who file jointly and who both have retirement coverage at work have been increased.
Example 1: M and D are married and file jointly for 2005.
According to the announcement, Merged Markush Service, the structure file jointly produced by INPI and Thomson Scientific, provides the largest Markush structure coverage available online with 1.6 million structures records representing 450 million specific real and prophetic structures.
For example, if a couple must pay more in taxes because they can't file jointly, the household will have less money--including less to support a child.
Generally, married persons who file jointly are jointly and severally liable for the tax due, unless under the innocent spouse rule a spouse can show that (1) on the tax return there is a substantial understatement of tax attributable to grossly erroneous items of the other spouse, (2) in signing the return, the spouse seeking relief had not known and had had no reason to know of such substantial understatement and (3) taking into account all the acts and circumstances, it would be inequitable to hold the spouse liable for the deficiency.