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Why is it Better to File Married Filing Separately in Iowa?

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

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?

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Iowa Taxes: Married Filing Separately on Combined Return vs. Married Filing Separately on Separate Returns

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iowa tax law throws unique wrinkles at taxpayers when it comes to filing options for married couples.

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Basics of Taxes, Part 3: Filing Status and Tax Credits

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , , |

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.

Married Filing Separately is Not the Same as Filing as Single

By | April 5th, 2016|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

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.

Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 14: The Marriage Penalty Gets Worse Through the 1970s

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics, Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , , , |

The marriage penalty came about in 1971 and got worse in the next 10+ years.

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