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Andreea E.

MFS or MFJ

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Romania
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Hi all,

My husband (US citizen) is filing his taxes for 2013.

From IRS site I understood that :

- Married Filing Separately- requires ITIN

- Married Filing Jointly doesn't require an ITIN or SSN

I cannot apply for an ITIN because the process is too long and requires my passport. My country does not issue certified copies.

The Instructions for 1040 also mention:

If your spouse does not have and is not required to have a SSN or ITIN, enter “NRA

In which case can NRA be used? Can it be used for MFS?

Can anyone advise if it would be ok to file MFJ? Does MFJ not require an ITIN?

the tax guy advised to file SINGLE, cause I do not have a SSN/ITIN, but we don't want to have problems at the interview.

thanks,


Andreea - the beneficiary- in Romania
Mike - the petitioner- in US


feb 2012- we met on OkCupid
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5 Nov 2013 - 2nd email received: our file was transferred to the local USCIS Office

8 Nov 2013 - 3rd email received: our file was transferred to an USCIS office

8 Nov 2013 - got the letter saying our file is in the California service center

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: India
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Your tax guy is incorrect. Since you both are married, you must state "married". Actually the corrections below are:

- Married Filing Separately - doesn't require iTIN or SSN, just enter "NRA"

- Married Filed Jointly - requires ITIN or SSN.

What your husband can do is:

Your husband can use Married filing Separately with NRA now. When you arrive in the US and get a new SSN card as a newcomer (IR-1 visa or CR-1 visa), your husband can amend the filing to MFJ within 3 years of your husband's filing with your new SSN.

See information: www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch02.html (see section of Married Filing Separately).

See information: taxmap.ntis.gov/taxmap/pub17/p17-013.htm

Hope this helps.

Hi all,

My husband (US citizen) is filing his taxes for 2013.

From IRS site I understood that :

- Married Filing Separately- requires ITIN

- Married Filing Jointly doesn't require an ITIN or SSN

I cannot apply for an ITIN because the process is too long and requires my passport. My country does not issue certified copies.

The Instructions for 1040 also mention:

If your spouse does not have and is not required to have a SSN or ITIN, enter “NRA

In which case can NRA be used? Can it be used for MFS?

Can anyone advise if it would be ok to file MFJ? Does MFJ not require an ITIN?

the tax guy advised to file SINGLE, cause I do not have a SSN/ITIN, but we don't want to have problems at the interview.

thanks,

Edited by spousewaitingvisa

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