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SD_92124
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I am non resident alien working in US on OPT F1 visa (exempted from SSN and Medicare), married to US citizen, should I file tax return Jointly or separate?

 
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jtax
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I am non resident alien working in US on OPT F1 visa (exempted from SSN and Medicare), married to US citizen, should I file tax return Jointly or separate?

You should compute your taxes both ways and file whichever way results in less tax. Filing jointly is usually better for the taxpayers, but not always.

A possible complication is that you file jointly (have to make an election) the US will tax your world-wide income not just your US income. If you don't have a lot of foreign income that won't matter. 

For more info see:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/nonresident-alien-spouse

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