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blucasthatruth
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Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?

If you are a US citizen or US resident and your spouse does not have a Social Security number or an ITIN and you are not applying for an ITIN with the tax return then you can only file your tax return as Married Filing Separately.  Where asked to enter the spouse's Social Security number enter 999-88-9999.  You can only print and mail your tax return, it cannot be e-filed.  When you print the tax return erase the Social Security number for your spouse and manually enter NRA for non-resident alien.

See this TurboTax support FAQ for the procedure to print and mail a tax return using the online editions - https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1944348-how-do-i-print-and-mail-my-return-in-turbotax-online

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DoninGA
Level 15

Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?


@blucasthatruth wrote:

Thank You @DoninGA @! This really helped me out. I did some more research and I think I have to file jointly in order to get her ITIN. My question is what form and where do I enter her wages? That is also confusing to me. I think I am pretty much done with everything else. Again thanks for your help

 

Brandon


If you are filing your tax return as Married Filing Jointly you must apply for an ITIN with the tax return and you would need to be providing a statement with your tax return that you want your Nonresident Alien Spouse Treated as a Resident.  See IRS Publication 54 Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad pages 6 and 7 - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf

Go to this IRS website for ITIN information - https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/general-itin-information

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DoninGA
Level 15

Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?

If you are a US citizen or US resident and your spouse does not have a Social Security number or an ITIN and you are not applying for an ITIN with the tax return then you can only file your tax return as Married Filing Separately.  Where asked to enter the spouse's Social Security number enter 999-88-9999.  You can only print and mail your tax return, it cannot be e-filed.  When you print the tax return erase the Social Security number for your spouse and manually enter NRA for non-resident alien.

See this TurboTax support FAQ for the procedure to print and mail a tax return using the online editions - https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1944348-how-do-i-print-and-mail-my-return-in-turbotax-online

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blucasthatruth
Level 1

Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?

Thank You @DoninGA @! This really helped me out. I did some more research and I think I have to file jointly in order to get her ITIN. My question is what form and where do I enter her wages? That is also confusing to me. I think I am pretty much done with everything else. Again thanks for your help

 

Brandon

DoninGA
Level 15

Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?


@blucasthatruth wrote:

Thank You @DoninGA @! This really helped me out. I did some more research and I think I have to file jointly in order to get her ITIN. My question is what form and where do I enter her wages? That is also confusing to me. I think I am pretty much done with everything else. Again thanks for your help

 

Brandon


If you are filing your tax return as Married Filing Jointly you must apply for an ITIN with the tax return and you would need to be providing a statement with your tax return that you want your Nonresident Alien Spouse Treated as a Resident.  See IRS Publication 54 Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad pages 6 and 7 - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf

Go to this IRS website for ITIN information - https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/general-itin-information

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DoninGA
Level 15

Turbo tax is not letting me continue without adding a SSN for my wife who is a German citizen. We live in Germany and filing seperate. How can I get passed this?

All her income, US and Foreign, is entered on the joint tax return you will be filing.   You indicate that you are Married and filing the tax return with your spouse in the My Info section.   In all the income sections of the program you will see options for you to indicate who the income belongs to, you or your spouse.

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