I divorced this year, and my ex-husband is telling me we have to file our taxes jointly. I have no interest in sending him my financial information. Do we really have to file taxes jointly?

I divorced this year, and my ex-husband is telling me we have to file our taxes jointly. I have no interest in sending him my financial information. Do we really have to file taxes jointly?
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#1

I divorced this year, and my ex-husband is telling me we have to file our taxes jointly. I have no interest in sending him my financial information. Do we really have to file taxes jointly?


#2

Your marital status as of December 31 controls your filing status for that entire year. You do not have to file a joint return if you were divorced as of December 31.

Couples who are splitting up but not yet divorced before the end of the year have the option of filing a joint return. 

The alternative is to file as married filing separately. It's the year when your divorce decree becomes final that you lose the joint return option. 



#3

According to the IRS, if you are divorced under a final decree by the last day of the year, you are considered unmarried for the whole year.


#4

If the divorce was final on or before December 31 you can't file jointly because you were single.  If it was not final then you don't have to file jointly unless you volunteer to.  If you can file jointly and there is a significant difference between your incomes it would make economic sense to go that route.  If the beneficiary of that would be your ex you could hold your signature for ransom by demanding a share of the savings.  Refunds can be split and deposited in up to three differnent bank accounts so you could agree to how much each was going to get and watch the efile go out that way.  


#5

If your divorce was final at any point during the year you are considered single and cannot file jointly. If your divorce is not yet final, you have the option, as others have mentioned. If you sign a joint return, you are jointly obligated.


#6

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