Roth IRA limits on income make it advantageous for my wife to file single. We are getting married this year in November.

The IRS says that if you are married filing separately, that essentially she can't contribute to a Roth (unless she makes no money).

Are we able to each file single (not married separately, but single) even though we are married?

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The IRS recognizes you as either married or unmarried.

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