Newly retired and separated tax question

I will be retired on July 1, 2019, and my income will drastically drop.
I have to choose my income tax withholding preference on my retirement paperwork.
My husband moved out in February of this year, but we have not filed a legal separation through an attorney.
Should I choose single as my marital status since we no longer are living together, or should I file married since legally we are still married?
I want to choose the option that would benefit me the most financially.

You will need to discuss your options with a tax professional as I am not a tax expert. Generally it is more beneficial to file married filing jointly but not in all circumstances.

Anna Ayscue

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