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How can I change the name on the return?

My current return has the wife has the primary tax payer, would like to change this to the husband
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How can I change the name on the return?

If your prior tax returns also had your wife as the primary taxpayer on the tax return, then you should keep that on your current tax return.  Changing the primary taxpayer on your tax returns will cause issues with the IRS when it filed.

 

However, if this is the first year of filing as Married Filing Jointly, you should clear the tax return and start over to change the primary taxpayer.

If you have not paid for the online edition you are using, have not filed your tax return or registered the Free edition, then you can clear your return and start over. Click on Tax Tools on the left side of the program screen while working on the 2023 online tax return. Click on Clear & Start Over.

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How can I change the name on the return?

If your prior tax returns also had your wife as the primary taxpayer on the tax return, then you should keep that on your current tax return.  Changing the primary taxpayer on your tax returns will cause issues with the IRS when it filed.

 

However, if this is the first year of filing as Married Filing Jointly, you should clear the tax return and start over to change the primary taxpayer.

If you have not paid for the online edition you are using, have not filed your tax return or registered the Free edition, then you can clear your return and start over. Click on Tax Tools on the left side of the program screen while working on the 2023 online tax return. Click on Clear & Start Over.

How can I change the name on the return?

Thank you for your quick reply.

To be clear, the only way to change spouse to match previous returns is to clear and start over?

How can I change the name on the return?


@a1izark-gmail-co wrote:

Thank you for your quick reply.

To be clear, the only way to change spouse to match previous returns is to clear and start over?


Yes.  That is the most accurate way to change who is shown as the primary taxpayer on the tax return.

How can I change the name on the return?

And don't transfer from 2022 if the other person was listed first as primary.  You may need ti start over in a new account.

How can I change the name on the return?

How do I change it if I have already paid?

How can I change the name on the return?

Already paid but not yet submitted

How can I change the name on the return?

Yes you are stuck.  Why can't you just leave the names in this order?

How can I change the name on the return?

Because in all previous years my husband was the primary tax payer. This is the first time I have used TurboTax and just instinctively put my name first as I was filling out the forms

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