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Old 11-10-2014, 11:53 AM
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Tax exempt salary and filing jointly

If I have tax-exempt salary and my spouse does not, can I file jointly and claim exemptions for myself and my spouse, as well as the joint standard deduction?



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Old 11-11-2014, 03:05 AM
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If I have tax-exempt salary and my spouse does not, can I file jointly and claim exemptions for myself and my spouse, as well as the joint standard deduction?
Of course; you don't have to include any money you receive from these sources in your total income on your return. you can claim two personal exemptions, you and your spouse; however, you can never claim your spouse as your dependent UNLESS you file your returns as MFS and she has no reportable income. UNLESS you itemize deductions on SCh A of 1040, you do claim your standard deductions.



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Old 11-11-2014, 11:46 AM
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thank you! i am not claiming anything other than just the basic two exemptions (one for me and one for my spouse) and the standard deduction for married filing jointly. i just wasn't sure if i could even claim these since one of the spouse's salary is tax-exempt and not at all included on the return.



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