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aliski007
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Do I need an ITIN number for my wife?

I just got married December of last year. My wife is still in a foreign country. It is unlikely that she will be able to get an ITIN number before the April 2017 deadline to file the taxes because the process of filing paperwork to have her passport made is taking too long. I have looked into getting certified copies of her national id card as well as her birth certificate however the agencies in the country she is in refuse to provide this service of providing certified copies. Also I do not want to mail in original copies as she will be needing these for her VISA interview later this year.  

Do I need an ITIN number for my wife to file my taxes as married? Or can I file as Single since my wife does not work so her income is virtually $0.
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DDollar
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Do I need an ITIN number for my wife?

Since you were married on December 31, 2016 you must file as Married Filing Joint (MFJ) or Married Filing Separate (MFS).  In this case, you will need to apply for an ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) by filing form W7 along with your return. W7 has be prepared outside of TurboTax.

Your return cannot be e-filed if you do not have a social security number or an ITIN, when you are filing your return.

Here are links for the form http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf and the instructions http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw7.pdf for your reference.

You will need to mail the tax return and the W7 to the address in the instructions for the form.

To determine whether you should file as MFJ or MFS see the following question and answer:

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/5618373



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