tax returns

@only1shi (405)
United States
April 29, 2008 2:25pm CST
i have been married for two years now and i have a nine month old daughter. i also help my mother take care of my six year old sister from time to time. it amazes me that as a single woman, my return was 4 to 5 times more than what my return is as a married woman. i don't understand the idea that just because you have become married that the government doesn't seem to think that your financial struggles are just as important. i had nearly $5000 in medical bills last year alone after having a baby and i got absolutely no credit on my taxes even though my personal income was nearly half of what i normally make. needless to say, i'm a little afraid for tax season '09. mainly because i am working part time now and after all the deductions, my husband brings home about the same amount that i do. hopefully we'll be able to get some credits that we didn't qualify for this year!
1 response
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I honestly can't explain the problem. If I file as a single I get little or nothing back but when we file together we get a nice chunk. This year's was roughly $4000 and we didn't have a new baby to add. Last year when we did we got around $9000.
@only1shi (405)
• United States
29 Apr 08
i guess it varies. as a single person with one dependant, i got back roughly $4000 each year. now married with two dependants, we got back about $1200. i just don't understand. you would think that with more mouths to feed and more bills, you would get back more money. not less.