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CatchI22

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Hi guys
need some advice...
I got my paycheck today and saw they finally changed my name... but still filing as a single. Did anyone else cange this, and if so how soon after the wedding did you? Should I change it ASAP? Is it bad I didn't change it right after the wedding? Please advise if anyone knows!!
Thanks!
 
 
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LisaT

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I changed it about a month or two later - I don't remember exactly.

I don't think its bad that it still says single. You'll probably owe more taxes now that you're married. So you may want to change your witholding allowances. My husband and I make similiar amounts, so I dropped my allowances down to 0, so we don't owe (hopefully).

W-4 info
 
 
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michele31

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If you buy turbotax you can try your taxes married filing jointly, and married filed seperately. Use whichever is better for you both.
 
 
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bearsbabe_113

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Catch, I noticed from your profile that you just got married in October. I got married in Oct of 2001 and was told by the idiot in payroll that I should change my status when I changed my name with them, so I did. But I should've waited, like I had planned all along, until Jan, because when it came time to do 2001's taxes, I got screwed out of almost $800 by filing married!!!!!

So, my advice to you is to stay single for 2002's taxes, and change it now to married for 2003!!!
 
 
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LisaT

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Deb- is that legal? Can you file single even if you were married that year? I thought you had to file married regardless.

Its too late for me, but I was just wondering.
 
 
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bearsbabe_113

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Lisa, according to the accountant, if I didn't change to married, I could have filed Married/Single or something like that for 2001 since I was single for most of the year (except the last 2 months). My husband didn't change his status from single to married until this year. We could have filed separately, but we filed jointly last year because it worked to our benefit -- plus he works in Jersey, so that was another big complicated thing. I cannot tell you how mad I was about the whole thing!!!

When it comes to taxes, it's all greek to me, they can tell me until I'm blue in the face and I won't get it. All I understand is whether I'm getting money back or not!!
 
 
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CatchI22

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Thanks guys!
I will change it for 2003 but keep 2002 as single. I appreciate all the advice!
 
 
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michele31

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Double check that info. I was told by a CPA that if you are married on 12/31/02- you are considered MARRIED for the year and must file married on your tax return for that year. Is there a CPA in on this board to help us out? Doing it incorrectly can cause big time problems and you would owe money plus penalties.
 
 
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michele31

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According to the IRS's website my info was correct

Generally, your marital status on the last day of the year determines your status for the entire year. If you are unmarried, or if you are legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree according to your state law, and you do not qualify for another filing status, your filing status is single.

IRS Site about filing status
 
 
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ILT1221

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so even though I was married Dec. 21, 2002 I have to file married for the entire year of 2002?
 
 
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Yes, if you are married anytime before 12/31/2002 at midnight you MUST file as married. ( thanks Michele) You can file separately but you would still be filing as married. That is only if one of you makes much more or less than the other one. I was married this past Dec 7th 2002 and will have to file as if I was married the whole year. Yes it is not fair but that is the way it is!!!
 
 
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ILT1221

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ok. thank you for clarifying. really appreciate it.
 
 
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dgtlsunshine

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Oh how unfair. We don't get to file a new deduction as soon as we find out we are pregnant.
I hope they eliminate the marriage penalty quick.
 
 
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Cira

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This thread may be helpful too ... we talked about the marriage penalty!
Marriage Penalty
 
 
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