cparke3
Level 3

After you file

What if only one of the spouses has filed their separate return so far?  Does the second spouse still have to a separate return (even though it will be later disregarded) before filing the amended return on one of them to change the filing status to married filing jointly?  Or, can the one return that was filed be amended immediately to convert to married filing jointly, and in so doing satisfy the other spouse's filing requirement?