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shaqsihilal
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SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

I CAN'T CONTINUE DUE TO THIS MESSAGE " Just a sec, we found a few things to fix before we can start
Let's go to Personal Info and fix:
• Missing birthdate(s)
• Missing Social Security numbers
• Two people having the same Social Security number
Once that's done, we'll be ready to give Health Insurance another start (no rush)."
WHAT TO DO IF MY SPOUSE SHE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN?
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ToddL
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SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

You can file a joint 2016 U.S. tax return with your non-resident spouse and she can be treated as a U.S. resident for U.S. Federal Individual Income Tax purposes. She will have to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) using Form W-7, you will have to file your return by mail (along with the Form W-7) and you will have to include a statement, signed by both of you, declaring that one spouse was a nonresident alien and the other spouse a U.S. citizen or resident alien on the last day of your tax year, and that she chooses to be treated as U.S. resident for the entire tax year.

How do I apply for an ITIN? Use the latest revision of Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to apply. Attach a valid federal income tax return, unless you qualify for an exception, and include your original proof of identity or copies certified by issuing agency and foreign status documents.

See Instructions for Form W-7

Because you are filing your tax return as an attachment to your ITIN application, you should not mail your return to the address listed in the Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ instructions. Instead, send your return, Form W-7 and proof of identity and foreign status documents to:

Internal Revenue Service ITIN Operation

P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342 

For additional information, see the IRS web article Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident

Important: You can't prepare and print a tax return in TurboTax without an ITIN or SSN for you, your spouse and any dependents.

The work-around for this situation is to use "Dummy" SSN/ITINs for your dependents. to prepare the return. You can use your own SSN/ITIN with different last numbers. 

Or use "305-44-0001, 0002, 0003 etc.", a dummy number we use for training.

This should allow you to get through the Smart Checks and Reviews and print your return for filing by mail. "Erase" or white-out the dummy SSN/ITINs and replace with "Applied For". 

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ToddL
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SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

Do you have a SSN? Is your wife a non-resident alien?
shaqsihilal
New Member

SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

Yes I have a SSN but my wife she doesn't. She is my dependent as a J-2 visa.
Maybe I need to file my tax return without her?
shaqsihilal
New Member

SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

But strange!! Last year 2015 TurboTax accepted her without SSN!!!!
ToddL
New Member

SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

I cannot explain what happened last year, but the IRS will not accept a tax return unless everyone listed on the return has a SSN or ITIN.
ToddL
New Member

SPOUSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SSN

You can file a joint 2016 U.S. tax return with your non-resident spouse and she can be treated as a U.S. resident for U.S. Federal Individual Income Tax purposes. She will have to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) using Form W-7, you will have to file your return by mail (along with the Form W-7) and you will have to include a statement, signed by both of you, declaring that one spouse was a nonresident alien and the other spouse a U.S. citizen or resident alien on the last day of your tax year, and that she chooses to be treated as U.S. resident for the entire tax year.

How do I apply for an ITIN? Use the latest revision of Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to apply. Attach a valid federal income tax return, unless you qualify for an exception, and include your original proof of identity or copies certified by issuing agency and foreign status documents.

See Instructions for Form W-7

Because you are filing your tax return as an attachment to your ITIN application, you should not mail your return to the address listed in the Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ instructions. Instead, send your return, Form W-7 and proof of identity and foreign status documents to:

Internal Revenue Service ITIN Operation

P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342 

For additional information, see the IRS web article Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident

Important: You can't prepare and print a tax return in TurboTax without an ITIN or SSN for you, your spouse and any dependents.

The work-around for this situation is to use "Dummy" SSN/ITINs for your dependents. to prepare the return. You can use your own SSN/ITIN with different last numbers. 

Or use "305-44-0001, 0002, 0003 etc.", a dummy number we use for training.

This should allow you to get through the Smart Checks and Reviews and print your return for filing by mail. "Erase" or white-out the dummy SSN/ITINs and replace with "Applied For". 

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