My wife and I have been separated for nearly 2 years, but are still legally married and filed our tax return jointly.
All my income was on a W2, and totaled $140k. I had taxes withheld as normal, so I was entitled to a refund.
All my wife's income was on a 1099, and totaled $20k. She did not pay any taxes. She did however write off enough expenses to offset her income, as she purchased some expensive camera equipment for her business last year.
The state and federal refunds combined were $5700.
The question is: How much of this is my wife legally entitled to?
She feels she deserves a portion of the refund because she had expenses which may have increased the refund amount, and I do not feel she's entitled to any of it because she paid no taxes.