If I get married in September and don’t record my marriage license...

If I get married in September and don’t record my marriage license until January, do I still have to file inco

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  1. you need to finish your question. (I was very tempted to cut off my answer in mid answer just like your ques

  2. At least in my state you have to file the marriage license within 30 days of getting married, which must be signed by the performing minister. Unless you are legally married, which is recognized by the state, you now have a partner and had a big party. I would think you then can not claim married on your income taxes.

  3. Wow. I’m surprised by the wrong answers to this Q.

    Since you posted the same Q for both India and the U.S. I will address the U.S. tax laws. Marital status is determined as of the last day of the year. If you are legally married, whether you file the license or not, then you are married for tax purposes.

    You may either file as Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Seperately.

  4. CPA/PFS is correct. ^^^ Except for the spelling of the word "Separately" but that’s a quibble.

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