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I filed my return as married filing separately, but now realize my spouse and I could save money by filing jointly. Can I cancel my first return?
You can't cancel your return, but you can amend it. Use Form 1040X to amend your return to change your filing status. You must mail your 1040X.
You can amend a return to change from married filing separately to married filing jointly, but not vice versa. So, once you file a joint return, you can’t change it to a separate return.
To change your filing status from married filing separately to married filing jointly on your 1040X:
Both of you must sign and date the form. So, both of you are responsible for:
You can’t amend your return from married filing separately to married filing jointly if both of these apply: