My wife got her SSN in 2019 but we have been using her ITIN for all previous tax returns in the past. Should we still use the ITIN for the current filing?
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My wife got her SSN in 2019 but we have been using her ITIN for all previous tax returns in the past. Should we still use the ITIN for the current filing?

 
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My wife got her SSN in 2019 but we have been using her ITIN for all previous tax returns in the past. Should we still use the ITIN for the current filing?

No, according to the IRS, once she receives her SSN, she must start using that number. 

This probably means you can't e-file.   You can try zero as the AGI for your spouse, but if that doesn't work, you will have to print your returns and file by mail.  Don't forget to mail your state return as well.

If you use the ITIN, thinking that will allow you to e-file, some tax benefits may be denied.

Please see FAQ on IRS Site. 

What do I do when I am assigned a social security number (SSN)?

Once you receive a SSN, you must use that number for tax purposes and discontinue using your ITIN. It is improper to use both the ITIN and the SSN assigned to the same person to file tax returns. It is your responsibility to notify the IRS so we can combine all of your tax records under one identification number. If you do not notify the IRS when you are assigned a SSN, you may not receive credit for all wages paid and taxes withheld which could reduce the amount of any refund due. You can visit a local IRS office or write a letter explaining that you have now been assigned a SSN and want your tax records combined. Include your complete name, mailing address, and ITIN along with a copy of your social security card and a copy of the CP 565, Notice of ITIN Assignment, if available. The IRS will void the ITIN and associate all prior tax information filed under the ITIN with the SSN. Send your letter to: 

Internal Revenue Service 
Austin, TX 73301-0057



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