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Hello there,

I live in Wisconsin, own and pay for our home, and have 2 children.  My husband lives in Florida since the beginning of April, and will continue to do so through the end of the year.

Do we file separately or together?  Is there anything in particular we need to know?

Any guidance you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


Assuming that he has not left you with no intent to live with you, you may file a joint return. You also have the option to file married, separate, but this filing status normally results in a higher joint tax liability.

If he has not been in your house at any time during the last six months of the year and has no present intent to live with you in the future, you are considered unmarried for tax purposes and may file as head of household.

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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