It appears to be a bit up in the air, but the IRS has come out with a new approach to handling this.
They are now saying that since 2007 you can split the income between the two partners .. as CA is a community property state.
if one partner has a substantially higher income this could benefit the couple.
There are situations that could cost money?? the same thing we run into for MFS filings
you do not have to amend back to 2007, but you can ... See your tax professional for this
for 2010, until we hear otherwise you may have to file using community property status
This could save you some money or cost you some money ..
for sure it will make filing your returns more complicated.