The IRS website says someone must me married to file a joint tax return. With that said, the IRS also states, "You are considered unmarried for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you are unmarried or legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree".
I have received mixed responses when asking this question to numerous attorneys. Does any one know 100% what the answer is and how you know what the answer is?
Also, I asked two CPA's. The first one told me I could not file a joint return with my ex and the second CPA told me that I could. Any help in this matter would be appreciated.