Internet Backs Woman for Wanting to File Taxes Separately From 'Ex'-Husband

In a viral social media post, the internet backed a woman contemplating filing her taxes separately from her soon-to-be ex-husband.

In Reddit's well liked "AmITheA**hole" forum, a woman who goes by the username u/recapthenrelapse, took to the page to ask if she would be the a**hole in her situation. On the topic of taxes, the original poster (OP) explained that since her husband is an independent contractor, he's had tax problems. OP however, has kept up with tax season and files on time.

The deadline to get 2021 taxes filed is Monday, April 18th but the IRS has urged Americans to file early. However, taxes between nearly-separate partners can get tricky.

More recently, the man admitted he didn't love her anymore and wasn't happy. He blatantly told her that he only married her for his tax benefit and didn't want to marry her at all — but followed through because she wanted marriage.

u/recapthenrelapse began to backtrack, explaining what happened when she filed her taxes last year.

"Come to find out, his mother (who has always prepared and always messed up his taxes) messed up his 2019 taxes and they never got filed. So I still have not filed 2020 taxes," she wrote.

She planned to file her 2020 taxes late and 2021 taxes separately. Since she decided to go back to school in order to change her career path, u/recapthenrelapse said her tax refund would help since she used most of her savings for school.

Users took to the comment section to defend the woman and they didn't mince words.

"NTA but i highly advise you seek professional help with a divorce lawyer now (even if you end up not going through with it)," u/ToliverToo wrote, earning 12,000 upvotes for their comment. "I am not sure of the law where you live, but there is a possibility of being bitten in the butt by your husband's tax (and other financial) mis-dealings."

U/MsLollister chimed in saying, "NTA. If he is so inclined to get divorced and only married you because it benefited his tax then make sure you do them separately. He can't have his cake and eat it too. The selfishness and audacity of grown people."

"Nta. Consult a divorce attorney and only do things in your best interest," u/Briguy1994 commented.

U/walnutwithteeth agreed adding, "NTA. He wants to be separate so here's his chance. He's a grown man and is responsible for his own finances. Look after your own situation and your own finances, but get legal advice in case he comes after any refund you get."

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A Redditor takes her situation to the "AmITheA**hole" forum to get the thoughts and opinions from the community on filing her taxes separately from her soon-to-be ex-husband. tommaso79/iStock / Getty Images Plus