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lblack81
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Need help with an amendment

I filed single and actually got married in 2016.  My husband is a 1099 contractor with several deductions.  I have already filed my taxes and received my refund.  I need help amending my return so that we can file together through his CPA.
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Opus 17
Level 15

Need help with an amendment

You can't amend a single return to nothing.  

If you file a joint return with your spouse through a cpa, that will automatically cancel your single return.  The IRS will bill you for the return of the refund from your single return since your income and deductions will be counted on your joint return.  

Or, you can amend to married filing separately and your spouse can file separately as well.  But separate filing usually has higher tax rates and lower deductions.  

Or, you can amend your single return to a joint return by adding all your husband' business income, expenses and deductions to your income and deductions.  Your CPA can do this if you give them a printed copy of your single return to get started.  Or you may be able to do it in Turbotax but without the cpa.
*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Opus 17
Level 15

Need help with an amendment

You can't amend a single return to nothing.  

If you file a joint return with your spouse through a cpa, that will automatically cancel your single return.  The IRS will bill you for the return of the refund from your single return since your income and deductions will be counted on your joint return.  

Or, you can amend to married filing separately and your spouse can file separately as well.  But separate filing usually has higher tax rates and lower deductions.  

Or, you can amend your single return to a joint return by adding all your husband' business income, expenses and deductions to your income and deductions.  Your CPA can do this if you give them a printed copy of your single return to get started.  Or you may be able to do it in Turbotax but without the cpa.
*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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