I have a question for all of our readers who are tax attorneys. What is the point of having a separate federal tax status of “married filing separately?”
When I got married, I looked into this filing and concluded that you should do it only if: (a) you were legally separated from your spouse, or (b) you thought your spouse was crooked and did not want to sign a joint return. Now I understand that there could be other exotic scenarios where a married couple would pay less filing separately, but I’m wondering why this category was created in the first place? Was there some problem that Congress was trying to address?
P.S. This is probably my first tax post in six years of blogging.