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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceTaxesUnited States · 1 month ago

[IRS] Can an unmarried couple, living in the same house, file taxes together?

Will it say unmarried, but filing jointly?

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  • 1 month ago
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    No, but for a small fee they could get married before a Justice and start bankrolling that fat tax deduction by filing jointly.  They would just want to make sure they have all of their pre-nups in order.

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  • 1 month ago

    No. If they are unmarried, they must file separately. However, if one or both have children, one may file as Head of Household to get the bigger standard deduction, while the other files as single.

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  • 1 month ago

    No. If they are not married, then they are single and need to file separately.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience.
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  • 1 month ago

    To legally file a joint US tax return, you must be legally married.

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is no such filing status, so no.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No.  If you want the legal and financial benefits of being married, you have to actually be married.

    Prior to 2015 before the federal legalization of same sex marriage, there were some exceptions to this rule.  Those exceptions are a moot point now since marriage equality exists in all 50 states.

    Don't expect the federal government to give your relationship any more legal importance than you do.   

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  • Lolly
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is no "playing house" status.

      Single

      Married Filing Jointly

      Married Filing Separately

      Head of Household

      Qualifying Widow(er)

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not in the US. To file a joint return, you must be legally married as of the end of the tax year. There is no such status as unmarried filing jointly.

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  • 1 month ago

    No and no. "Unmarried" is not a filing status. It can only say single, married filing separately, married filing jointly, head of household, etc. It cannot say filing jointly if it does not say married. And they cannot file together if they are not unmarried.

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  • A
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, the choices are Married, Single, or Head of Household. you would need to both file single

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