Should we file out taxes joint or separate!?

Filing joint vs separately when married

Hey guys, my wife and I are getting ready to file our taxes, I am new to this whole thing.

I am a recently married immigrant from Ireland and have never filed for taxes in America.

My mother in law wants to file my wife as her defendant (she was for half the year when we

Filing joint vs separately when married

Hey guys, my wife and I are getting ready to file our taxes, I am new to this whole thing.

I am a recently married immigrant from Ireland and have never filed for taxes in America.

My mother in law wants to file my wife as her defendant (she was for half the year when we were living with her before we got an apartment)

I'm wondering if it is better for us to file joint or separate.

If I have not provided enough info please feel free to ask more, any help and advice would be appreciate 🙂

Other answer:

ashley.:
Married joint is better 99.9% of the time. That is better for you. MIL had to pay half her support for the WHOLE YEAR to claim her anyway, and your wife had to make less than $4000. Even if those were true, if you choose to file jointly, MIL cannot claim her, period.
Judy:
To let your mother in law claim her if she qqualifies, you have to file as married filing separately – if you file a joint return, she can't claim your wife. But there are a lot of other rules for your m-in-law to meet to claim her, not just that you lived there half the year.
Eva:
Her mother probably cannot claim her. If your wife is over 24, not a student, and made more than $4050, she cannot be claimed by her mother. Also, since she is married to you, it would make her ineligible to be claimed by her mother. It's usually in your best interest to file MFJ.
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