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Tax Return - Which Spouse to List First?

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Sorry if this is already been asked and answered, but I had no luck finding this answer anywhere. And maybe it's a silly question, but I don't want to risk it!

My husband (currently in the AOS process) has a social security # and has filed taxes previously for which he has been considered a resident for tax purposes. My thought is that I, the USC, should be listed first on the tax return, but then we are filing from his address (because we currently don't live together due to his schooling and my job). I know which forms we are using and that we can file electronically (since he has before), and that whichever way we list it this time we need to be consistent in future years.


Does anyone know if it matters if the USC or the pending permanent resident is listed first/as the primary spouse?

Edited by embay16

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7 minutes ago, Brit1 said:

Taxes have nothing to do with immigration, so no, I can't see this mattering...

I figured it was a silly question and didn't matter. I just wasn't sure if it was going to take longer to process depending on who is listed or something. 

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first and last does not matter in context of immigration, however, out of context of immigration, do remember to file taxes in the same order of names for the rest of your lives, i remember CPA's insisting on it because it makes things easier for IRS/Financial Planning purposes



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If you are "old School" the husband goes first, the wife goes second.  Honestly, it doesn't matter but you should be consistent going forward because it helps your accountant and IRS keep things straight-- its certainly not a requirement.

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