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filing jointly for first time

When I file and I select married and to file jointly, and I fill out all my husbands information as well, does he also have to go into his account and file married jointly and add all my information as well?

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filing jointly for first time

No, when you file Married filing jointly, the joint tax return is for both of you. This is where you report all income and deductions for both of you. Your spouse DOES NOT file another tax return.

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filing jointly for first time

A joint return is ONE return that combines all of the information for both of you on the same Form 1040.


To begin a new joint return on TurboTax:

You will not be able to merge two previous TT account to start your new joint return.  You can transfer ONE of your 2017 returns into a new return, so choose the most complicated one.  The other spouse’s information needs to be entered manually.

When you enter your own information in Personal Info, you have to answer the question "Were you married?"  If you click the button for Married, then a drop down will appear that asks, "Do you want to file this return together with your spouse?"  Then you choose yes to file a joint return.  You would then enter your spouse's information into Personal Info.  Whenever you are entering income information there should then be a spot for you and for your spouse's income information.

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