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matt2aut1
Returning Member

I meant to file married filing separately, how can I fix this? I filed and status is pending, how can I change it now?

How do I change status from married jointly to married separately, status is pending
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xmasbaby0
Level 15

I meant to file married filing separately, how can I fix this? I filed and status is pending, how can I change it now?

 

Did you click that big orange button that said “Transmit my return now?”  If you did that, you cannot do anything to fix it yet.  The IRS will begin to accept/reject 2020 returns on Friday, February 12, 2021.  You have to wait for the email that tells you if your return was accepted or rejected.  If you do not see an email, check your spam folder.

 

 

 

You cannot change or add anything on the return that you just e-filed, nor can you stop it.  It is too late, just like when you put an envelope in a US mailbox on the corner.

 

If you left out a W-2, a 1099G, or a dependent, or a 1099 etc…DO NOT change your return while it is “pending.”  The changes will go nowhere.

 

Now you have to wait until the IRS either rejects or accepts your return.  If your return is rejected, you will be able to go into your account and make the necessary changes to your tax return and re-submit your return. 

 

 If the IRS accepts your return, however, then you have to wait longer until it has been fully processed and you have received your refund.  THEN you can prepare an amended tax return and mail it in. You have to be able to work from that return exactly the way it was when it was e-filed originally.  You will need to use a form called a 1040X. return.  

 

  Meanwhile, DO NOT go in and start changing anything on your return in the system, or you will make a mess for yourself.  Sit tight and wait until you see what the IRS does with the return you just e-filed

 

 

 

If you amend this----you have to amend from a joint return to married filing separately no later than the April15 deadline.

 

Why do you want to file separate returns--it is usually the worst way to file.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
matt2aut1
Returning Member

I meant to file married filing separately, how can I fix this? I filed and status is pending, how can I change it now?

I need to file married separately because of my spouses disability income, I think it would be better to file separately or that disability will be taxed with my income, what do you think??we really don't live together at all so our income is not put together

matt2aut1
Returning Member

I meant to file married filing separately, how can I fix this? I filed and status is pending, how can I change it now?

We actually do not live together, when I add his disability income to mine it gets taxed, which I think would be worse, what do you think?

xmasbaby0
Level 15

I meant to file married filing separately, how can I fix this? I filed and status is pending, how can I change it now?

It is not easy to compare MFJ to MFS using online TT but you can do it.  Since you only get one return for each account and user ID, you have to use 3 accounts and user ID’s—one for MFJ and two for each of the MFS returns.  Compare, choose, and file—and pay—accordingly.

It is much easier to do this comparison using the desktop version of TT installed from a CD or downloaded to your own computer.  You pay once for the software and you can prepare multiple returns easily, and it has a “what if” feature that allows comparisons.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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