I'm married trying to file jointly but the process of getting a ITIN for my wife is time consuming since she lives in the Philippines. Can I file separate and once she gets her ITIN can I change to file jointly in the next tax season?
(a) are you a citizen / resident of the USA ? (b) are you currently living in the USA or in Philippines ? (c) Does your spouse have a US visa or is she a resident of Philippines?
I ask these because we first need to determine if you are eligible to file a form 1040 and then if you can file jointly with your wife. Please help
@ronaldcolin7 , ITIN are for people not eligible for SSN and present in USA Since you are married to a Non-Resident Alien, not present in the USA, generally it is suggested that you apply for the visa for her , which will also allow her to get SSN. Then you can file as Married Filing Joint.
The issue you have here is that she is not present in the USA (and has not been admitted with a visa) and therefore she cannot even qualify for ITIN
Strongly suggest you visit the nearest IRS office and have them explain what they are willing to do or what path you should follow. But most people that I know, get a K visa for the spouse , bring the spouse to USA and then proceed with the rest of the steps to make her a citizen.