joint tax return

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Joint tax return (i.e., married filing jointly filing status) is a single tax return filed by a married couple that had married before the end of the tax year, on which they report their combined income, credits, exemptions and deductions. A couple is allowed to file a joint tax return only if the state they reside in recognizes the relationship as a legal marriage.

[Last updated in June of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]