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If your return has been properly prepared with the application, you should have received word by now that application has been properly prepared and your tax return accepted. the fact that neither of these has happened is worrisome to say the least. My advice is to enlist in the service of an acceptance agent that could expediate the W7 and filing process more smoothly. Please review this IRS link for more information. 


In the meantime, go ahead and prepare your return like you did last year. Reapply for the W7 and send in a letter stating you did this process with your 2019 return but have not been contacted regarding the W7 status or if your tax return has been accepted. 

Choice 1

• Treat your spouse as a resident alien for tax purposes.   If you do this, you will need to include your spouse's worldwide income in your US tax return and it will be subject to US taxes.  


To do this follow these steps.

   1. Attach a statement to your tax return, signed by both spouses, that states that one spouse is a nonresident alien and the other is a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and you are choosing to both be treated as US residents for the tax year.

   2. List the name, address and Social Security number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification number) of each spouse.  You will need to complete a Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf).  This form will be attached to your tax return.  Turbo Tax does not support the Form W-7.  You can complete it outside of Turbo Tax.  You will have to print, sign and mail your return in if you are using Form W-7.

   3. For the first year you make the choice, you have to file a joint return. In later years you can file joint or separate returns. Married Filing Jointly will give you a higher standard deduction and has other benefits that are not available using a married filing separately status, but you do have to include your spouse’s worldwide income in joint income.


Once you have completed your return, mail it along with your letter and supporting documentation again.  Be sure to send it certified with a return receipt proving that they have received everything you sent in the mail.  Send it to this address only. 


Internal Revenue Service
ITIN Operation
Mail Stop 6090-AUSC
3651 S. Interregional, Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78741-0000



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