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Old 12-30-2014, 10:54 AM   #21
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I would look for an enrolled agent . They are former IRS agents who do taxes . I filled MFS several times when I was married and it was pretty straight forward .My husband was an IRS agent so he knew all the rules . I claimed just my income and half the mortgage & taxes and one child .Our returns were sent directly to the IRS ( since he was an agent ) and we were never audited. We were happily married at the time just needed to do this for children's college applications .
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She should just continue filing jointly for the next couple of years until the daughter graduates and they can get divorced and sell the house.

That sounds like an absolutely horrendous situation for the daughter to have grown up in. I bet she wishes they had divorced a long time ago. The tension in the house must be awful.
Actually, he's a pretty decent dad if you don't include the requirement to ensure the family is provided for adequately. My sister has let the kids figure out on their own the kind of man their dad is. She does not interfere in their relationships. There's no more tension now than there was 20 years ago. In fact, there is probably less tension in the last few years given the fact mom and dad have some positive relationships/interests outside the home. The crushing stress is financial and that has been there forever.
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I would look for an enrolled agent . They are former IRS agents who do taxes . I filled MFS several times when I was married and it was pretty straight forward .My husband was an IRS agent so he knew all the rules . I claimed just my income and half the mortgage & taxes and one child .Our returns were sent directly to the IRS ( since he was an agent ) and we were never audited. We were happily married at the time just needed to do this for children's college applications .
Were you in a community property state?
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Actually, he's a pretty decent dad if you don't include the requirement to ensure the family is provided for adequately.
I was under the assumption that a "decent dad's" highest priorities include adequately providing for the family.
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Were you in a community property state?
AN equitable property state .New Jersey
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I just spoke to my best friend's cousin who is a tax accountant in WA and he confirmed my sister can file with just her W-2 income, split the mortgage insurance and taxes (required because house is community property), and claim her daughter. He says she needs to be the first to file, which was her intention.

Tax accountant also says my BIL will have to prove to the IRS why he deserves to claim my niece if he wants to claim my niece after my sister has already claimed her. This is an impossible task for him.

Now just waiting for a W-2 and a 1098.
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