Today I want to answer a basic question: it’s almost always better for married couples to file as married filing separately instead of married filing jointly on their Iowa return. Why?
Iowa Taxes: Married Filing Separately on Combined Return vs. Married Filing Separately on Separate Returns
Iowa tax law throws unique wrinkles at taxpayers when it comes to filing options for married couples.
In this part, we’ll talk more about the mechanics of filing your tax return. This includes things such as choosing a filing status and deciding which form to use.
A common misconception I run into is the assumption among married couples that, if they file separately, it’s the same as filing as two single people. This is not the case.
The marriage penalty came about in 1971 and got worse in the next 10+ years.