Prepare both the federal and state returns as normal selecting Married Filing Joint Return.
Enter a “T” or an “S” on the Client Data Sheet next to each Dependent or Others Cared for to designate that individual to the Taxpayer or Spouse’s individual return.
Check the bottom of all Forms and Worksheets for a note that states TAXPAYER/SPOUSE SPLIT FIELD. This note indicates that items may be allocated to the Taxpayer or Spouse. Select Ctrl + W when a split field notification appears. An Overflow Detail worksheet will open with a question mark next to items that need to be allocated.
Enter a “T” to allocate items on the worksheet to the Taxpayer and an “S” to allocate items on the worksheet to the Spouse.
File the state return only if a Married Filing Joint Return is being filed for the state Return.
While in the Return, click on SPLIT TAX RETURN in the RETURN Menu. The Split Tax Return window will open.
Select SINGLE to split the federal Return into two separate Single Returns of Registered Domestic Partners or select MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY to split the federal Return of a married couple.
Open the individual Returns from the Return List and file the Returns separately.