Originally Posted by taxnewb77
Her mother advised me to file with baby only for 2013 and have wifey file alone. She thought we might save money that way vs me claiming both of them.
I guess it depends on your specific personal tax situation; Most couples file their return jointly;as you can see, in general, MFJ is almost always better than MFS. Did you do each of your returns as MFS, and then add the resulting taxes together? When MFS, if one of you itemizes, you both must (even if the other's deductions are zero or small). You also lose certain deductions and credits, especially if you have dependents. You don't split your dependent on two returns if yu file return as MFS. However, separate returns could produce tax savings if one spouse has a lot of medical expenses and a low income. By filing separately, the spouse with the doctor bills might be more likely to meet the 10 percent ofAGI threshold needed to itemize medical costs aslongss the psouse itemizes deductions on Sch A of 1040. Taxpayers age 65 or older can still use the 7.5 percent threshold through 2016. Only one spouse on a joint return must meet that age to get the lower deduction percentage.