If we marry in a foreign country and don't register the marriage with our local gov, can we get away with not reporting it for tax purposes?
We don't want to be recognized as legally married (it would not be financially adventageous to us w/r/t to taxes, tax credits, etc. - - and YES - - I understand there is more to legal marriage than just filing separately or jointly) - but we would like a formal ceremony in a different country. I understand that if the marriage is legal in the foreign country, it's legal in the US - I'm basically asking is there any way our government would somehow find out that we were married in a foreign country without us somehow reporting it. Again, we don't need or want any of the traditional U.S. legal trappings involved with marriage - - so it's not like I would be trying to avoid higher taxes while trying to get my boyfriend on my health insurance or anything like that. And if we ever needed to make it "formal" in the states down the line -- we would just get married by our local court "again" - and file the marriage certificate and do all the traditional legal things that go along with the government recognizing your marriage.