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Do I have to file jointly on taxes if separated?

Big Stone Gap, VA |

My husband and I separated at the end of Oct . 2011 . He didn't pay enough taxes on our retirement that he'd drawn out and spent w / o my knowledge . I thought there might be a return in 2012 and agreed to file taxes . He didn't even have money to file . ( i am a homemaker , no income ) . He owes 5 - k . I don't want to file jointly , since i did not make any income and don't want to be responsible for the taxes since he took the retirement money . Is this possible ? He may take those papers and file before long .

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You are not required to file jointly ever. Whether it is in your interest to do so is something you should discuss with your accountant.

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Our taxes were prepared by someone in 2012, but it was held off from being filed because my husband didnt have the money.So my name is on it.What can I do , other than telling him I don't want my name on it?


Sorry, but an accountant is best qualified to answere your questions about tax matters.


No: you do not have to file jointly if you are separated.