Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Joint tax return info


When a couple files a joint return, are there lines within the standard tax forms that still report exclusively each persons wages and AGI, or does it only report them combined?

Reason I ask is my wife is required to submit tax forms for proof of income, and I want to redact all my info such as SSN and my wages and AGI and leave only hers for my own privacy.  However, that won't be possible if all lines are combined.


Thanks for your question.

They are all combined on a joint return.  You could black out your SSN, but the only way to avoid them seeing your income is to file separately.  That would likely cost you more in taxes.  Depending on who is doing the asking, you might be able to submit her W-2's as proof.

Hope this helps.

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