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Jiacheng
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I am trying to fill the Form 8615, there is a box needs parent's ssn, however, my parents are foreigners and they don't have ssn. What should I fill in this box?

 
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macuser_22
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I am trying to fill the Form 8615, there is a box needs parent's ssn, however, my parents are foreigners and they don't have ssn. What should I fill in this box?

Enter 0 (zero) for all of your parents AGI and income since they have no US income.   Enter "555-55-5555" for the SSN so that TurboTax will not error out.   You CANNOT e-fie that way, so print and white out the 555-555-5555 SSN and write "FOREIGN CIT" in its place.

 

(Some believe that the question that asks if you have a parent that is alive, it is referring to a parent that is a US tax payer, so it is okay to say no if the parents are foreign  - I do not subscribe to or recommend  that view.)

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**

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macuser_22
Level 15

I am trying to fill the Form 8615, there is a box needs parent's ssn, however, my parents are foreigners and they don't have ssn. What should I fill in this box?

Enter 0 (zero) for all of your parents AGI and income since they have no US income.   Enter "555-55-5555" for the SSN so that TurboTax will not error out.   You CANNOT e-fie that way, so print and white out the 555-555-5555 SSN and write "FOREIGN CIT" in its place.

 

(Some believe that the question that asks if you have a parent that is alive, it is referring to a parent that is a US tax payer, so it is okay to say no if the parents are foreign  - I do not subscribe to or recommend  that view.)

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**

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Jiacheng
Returning Member

I am trying to fill the Form 8615, there is a box needs parent's ssn, however, my parents are foreigners and they don't have ssn. What should I fill in this box?

Thank you! May I ask which boxes should I enter my parent's AGI?

hansz1121
Returning Member

I am trying to fill the Form 8615, there is a box needs parent's ssn, however, my parents are foreigners and they don't have ssn. What should I fill in this box?

When I uploaded the file, there is not any option for 8615 form.

 

When I put in [social security number removed] as my parent's SSN, the system does not process through, it keeps me back on this form, I have been looping on this BUG for over an hour.

 

Is there a way for me to go through this?

JamesG1
Expert Alumni

I am trying to fill the Form 8615, there is a box needs parent's ssn, however, my parents are foreigners and they don't have ssn. What should I fill in this box?

The IRS apparently never considered the possibility of a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is required to file IRS Form 8615 and whose parents are foreign or do not file a  US tax return. The IRS does not provide any instructions or guidance for this situation.

 

The best that can be suggested is the following, with thanks to SuperUser, macuser_22, who suggested this approach.  You may be able to access IRS Form 8615 questions by following these steps: 

  • Down the left side of the screen, click on Tax Tools,
  • Click on Tools.
  • Click on Topic Search.
  • At the box I’m looking for, enter 8615.  Click Go.
  • At the screen Child’s Unearned Income, click Continue.
  • Answer the parent questions.  When TurboTax asks whether your parents are filing a joint tax return, answer Yes even though they aren't. That will eliminate the question with the three options for filing status.
  • When it asks for your parents' taxable income, enter zero. That is true, since they have no U.S. taxable income.
  • Leave all the other income questions blank.
  • Also leave your parent's Social Security Number blank.
  • When the error check tells you that the SSN must be entered, just click Continue. You will not be able to e-file. 
  • Print the tax return.
  • In the space for the parent's Social Security number on Form 8615, write NRA (for NonResident Alien).
  • File the return by mail.
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