Question

Is there an unmarried filing jointly status – can unmarried couples file taxes together?

Answer

You usually must be married to file together. However, if you are non-married but want to file a joint return, it is possible you can use married filing jointly if you’re considered married under a common law marriage recognized by either of these:

  • The state where you live
  • The state where the common-law marriage began

Related Topics

Related Resources

If I pay a caregiver to take care of my spouse who is not well — basically a disabled spouse caregiver — am I able to

Can you apply for a dependent care credit if you have a disabled spouse? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

I separated from my spouse in 2017. In this impending divorce and tax filing scenario, do I qualify to file a

Learn more about claiming head of household if you're divorced from the tax experts at H&R Block.

I have a question about claiming education credit. My child’s Form 1098-T has his SSN on it. Since I claim him as a depe

Learn whether you can claim education credits and deductions if your child's form 1098-T has his or her SSN on it with advice from the tax experts at

My child’s Form 1098-T, Box 4 has an adjustment made for a prior year. Box 6 shows adjustments to scholarships or grants

Did you receive an adjusted Form 1098-T because of scholarship income? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.