I would obviously like to get the maximum return but he already filed single. Can I still file married filing seperately?
Unless you have a final decree of legal separation, then you and your estranged husband were still married for 2012 and neither of you can file as single. Instead, not only may you file as married filing separately, you must file as married filing separately.
However, be prepared for the IRS to question your return; they will compare your return to his return - not the least because you're required to put his name and social security number on your return even if you're filing as married filing separately - and when they see you filing as married filing separately and him filing as single they'll want to know why.
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Married filing separately. The other gentleman who answered is absolutely correct.
Married filing separately...
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