The Internal Revenue Service has made available its Publication 555 titled “Community Property”.

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Community property laws generally. Community property laws affect how you figure your income on your federal income tax return if you are married, live in a community property state or country, and file separate returns. If you are married, your tax usually will be less if you file married filing jointly than if you file married filing separately. However, sometimes it can be to your advantage to file separate returns. If you and your spouse file separate returns, you have to determine your community income and your separate income.

Community property laws also affect your basis in property you inherit from a married person who lived in a community property state.

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Posted by Pooja Shivaprasad, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal