My fiance and I met with a tax professional and learned that filing our taxes married, either joint or separately, will mean we owe quite a bit of money each year in taxes. If we get our marriage license, so the officiant has something to sign at the ceremony, but just don't file it at the courthouse afterward, we are not legally married, correct? And could keep filing taxes as single?
If you simply have a ceremony, and do not get a marriage license, then in most States you will not be considered married (some States have "common law" marriage.) If you make your own version of a certificate, then you could argue you are not married for tax purposes. That might not be best for estate tax and if you have children.
Talk to an attorney.
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Avvo seems to have determined that this was a tax question but I think a family law attorney may be more likely to be able to address your question about this. I have changed the practice area to "Marriage & Prenuptials."
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Unless there are children involved, there shouldn't be much difference between filing single and filing married filing separately.
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