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How is "Tax Filing Unit" Defined?

A tax filing unit is defined as an individual or married couple that would -- were their income above the federal filing threshold -- file an individual income tax return. The tax filing unit also includes any persons who would be claimed as dependents on that tax return. A married couple/registered domestic partners residing in the same household are part of the same tax filing unit whether filing jointly, separately on the same return, or separately on separate returns.

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