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Revisiting a History of Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 3

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

In Part 3 of this series, we explore why joint tax returns were so common even after major tax-law changes in 1917.

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Can an Iowa Tax Return be Amended from Joint to Separate Filing Status?

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

Unlike with federal tax returns, taxpayers can indeed amend an Iowa return to separate filing status after filing the original Iowa return jointly.

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Glossary: Qualifying Widow(er)

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

The "qualifying widow(er)" filing status is for a person whose spouse has died and the surviving spouse is still raising kids.

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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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