An actual conversation I just had about #TaxDay inequalities
Tax preparer: Hi, is this Jeremy?
Jeremy: Yes, this is he
Preparer: Hi, Jeremy, this is [name redacted]. So I've finally done your and Andrew's taxes. Since this is the first year that you two have the ability to file a joint return in New York state, as an experiment, I tested it both ways—trying you as both "married filing jointly" and "married filing separately" just to see the difference.
Jeremy: Oh yeah?
Preparer: Yeah. So if I file you individually in the state, you two will owe about 2,000 dollars.
Preparer: But if I file you as a married couple in the state, you will only owe 365.
Prepare: Yeah, so, congratulations on that. Maybe in the next year or two we can finally do a joint federal return too.
Jeremy: A tax-paying citizen can dream.
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