How Happy Will Your Returns Be? Edited By Amy Dunkin

Andrea Markesin, an accountant and divorced mother of one, will file her return this year as a single head of household. That allows her to claim up to $127,500 in income taxed at the old 31% top rate. If she were to marry her boyfriend, who makes at least as much as she does, she would run right through the new 36% bracket and go several thousand into the 39.6% range. "It would be stupid to get married," she says, adding that her beau plans to hold her to that statement when the subject of marriage comes up.

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