Spouse as Dependent

Today TaxMama hears from Jerry in Colorado, with a surprisingly common question. “What allows a spouse to claim the other as a dependent and how is the ‘dependent spouse’s Social Security income accounted for? What would be the filing status of the ‘supporting spouse’ [married, married filing separate, other]?”

Dear Jerry,

You cannot claim your spouse as a dependent. Your spouse is your spouse!

It’s surprising how many people seem to have the same question you do.

To get an exemption for your spouse, you must use the filing status Married Filing Jointly.
If your spouse has Social Security income, you enter it into the tax software. When your joint income is over $32,000, then about 85% if your spouse’s SS income will become taxable.

You can read more about it here in the IRS Newsroom.

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about claiming your spouse and other tax issues, free. Where? Where else? At www.TaxMama.com.

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