I married my wife in May 2018 and she has also given birth to my daughter on June 30th 2018. I'm currently in the process in doing paperwork for my wife and child to come to America but at the moment they won't be coming over anytime soon before filing for tax. I support them overseas. How should I file my martial status taxes and dependents? Can I even claim them as dependents? Since the marriage license was done in Vietnam, would it be recognize in the United States? What should be done and can be done in order for me to maximize my tax returns. Also, she has never been to United States even once.
@SwpTom , before I answer this question, it would be helpful to know if you are US citizen/ Resident( Green Card ) / Resident for tax purposes or a Non-Resident Alien ( work visa ). If you are a Non-Resident Alien yourself, then when did you come into country and with what visa?
Generally when a US citizen/Resident ( Green Card )/Resident for Tax purposes has a spouse whom is a Non-Resident Alien and does not live in the USA, the only filing status available is Married Filing Separate . This will still require an ITIN for the spouse for e-filing a return. File by mail is available when the spouse does not have an ITIN/SSN.
US generally recognizes legal marriage from most countries ( including Vietnam ). A child born abroad will need a passport and birth certificate ( preferably certified by the local US consulate ) for getting ITIN
Please could you answer the questions posed above and I will come back and answer as soon as possible.
@SwpTom There is also some great information here (https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/family/claiming-a-non-citizen-spouse-and-children-on-your-taxes...) with some additional related links that may help.