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monix87
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Tax Filing (W-4) Question

Hi!

I have a question about my W-4. I'm married and I have 2 kids. This year I wanted to file my taxes as "Married filing jointly" but then I was asked about my wife's SSN or ITIN number, which she doesn't have, after that I got stuck and couldn't figure out what to do because I needed those numbers to continue.

Now, every time I need to fill out a W-4 I never know what to choose as my filing status because I don't want to run into that problem again. What should I choose?

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Corrlich44
Employee Tax & Finance Expert

Tax Filing (W-4) Question

Does she live in this country? If so, you would have no other choice to file as Married Filing Separate, since she cannot apply for an SSN or ITIN. It is highly unlikely she would be receiving taxable income without either. All this to say, your base tax deduction would be the Married Filing Separate Standard Deduction of $12950 for 2022.

 

For filing status, you can file either Married Filing Jointly ( see Nonresident to resident  ) or simply Married Filing Separate. 

[In the TurboTax program, you would follow the step-by-step interview questions to choose the appropriate filing status, enter your spouse information and leave the SSN blank, after print out the return , you can leave it blank or hand-write APPLIED in the space.]

If you want to file Married Filing Separate, you can qualify for an exemption for your spouse only if:

 - Your spouse had no gross income.

-- Your spouse won't file a tax return.

 - Your spouse didn't qualify as the dependent of another taxpayer.

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Corrlich44
Employee Tax & Finance Expert

Tax Filing (W-4) Question

If your wife does not have a SSN or ITIN, she should make an application for at least one or the other. This would have nothing to do with you and your withholding tax, unless your spouse is a non-resident alien and have an impact on your married filing joint tax return. You cannot file as Single, only Married or Married Filing Separate.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/i-m-married-but-my-wife-doesn-t-have-ssn-yet-so-i...

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monix87
Level 2

Tax Filing (W-4) Question

She's under an F-2 visa so she can't get a SSN and she can't work so no ITIN either.

Corrlich44
Employee Tax & Finance Expert

Tax Filing (W-4) Question

Does she live in this country? If so, you would have no other choice to file as Married Filing Separate, since she cannot apply for an SSN or ITIN. It is highly unlikely she would be receiving taxable income without either. All this to say, your base tax deduction would be the Married Filing Separate Standard Deduction of $12950 for 2022.

 

For filing status, you can file either Married Filing Jointly ( see Nonresident to resident  ) or simply Married Filing Separate. 

[In the TurboTax program, you would follow the step-by-step interview questions to choose the appropriate filing status, enter your spouse information and leave the SSN blank, after print out the return , you can leave it blank or hand-write APPLIED in the space.]

If you want to file Married Filing Separate, you can qualify for an exemption for your spouse only if:

 - Your spouse had no gross income.

-- Your spouse won't file a tax return.

 - Your spouse didn't qualify as the dependent of another taxpayer.

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monix87
Level 2

Tax Filing (W-4) Question

Thank you! That helps a lot!

Corrlich44
Employee Tax & Finance Expert

Tax Filing (W-4) Question

No problem.

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