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I live in California and my wife got a job in Illinois from August on. We can't file her state taxes because she does not have a PIN number. What should we do?

For the Illinois state taxes, should we file using the status married filled jointly, or married filled separately ?
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I live in California and my wife got a job in Illinois from August on. We can't file her state taxes because she does not have a PIN number. What should we do?

Illinois does not issue an IL-PIN for first time filers with Illinois so you will have to mail the return if this is her first return. 

If you filed a joint federal return and one spouse is an Illinois resident while the other spouse is a nonresident or a part-year resident, you may file separate Illinois returns. If you file a joint Illinois return, you will both be taxed as residents so it is not recommended. 

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I live in California and my wife got a job in Illinois from August on. We can't file her state taxes because she does not have a PIN number. What should we do?

Illinois does not issue an IL-PIN for first time filers with Illinois so you will have to mail the return if this is her first return. 

If you filed a joint federal return and one spouse is an Illinois resident while the other spouse is a nonresident or a part-year resident, you may file separate Illinois returns. If you file a joint Illinois return, you will both be taxed as residents so it is not recommended. 

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