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Filing taxes after legal separation

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The appropriate status would be married, filing separately if you don't want to file jointly, if your legal status on December 31 was married (not divorced).

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For starters, you ought to be clear as to what you mean by "legally separated."  However, it ultimately doesn't matter for purposes of your question.  If you are "legally separated," you are still married and, therefore, may not use the "single" filing status; you must use married status (either filing jointly or separately) or, in some cases, may be able to file as head of household.  See IRS Publication 501.

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