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caparks
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What if my spouse did not file 2015 taxes?

I filed single for my 2015 taxes. In 2016 I married my husband. He did not file his taxes in 2015. How do I make sure that our tax return this year is including his unpaid taxes last year?
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LeeM
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What if my spouse did not file 2015 taxes?

There is no way to have your 2016 tax return pay his back taxes. However, if you wait to file your 2016 return until after he files his 2015 tax return, they will keep what he owes out of your refund.

I would advise him to go back and file his 2015 taxes. If he owes anything and they process it before they process your return, then they will take enough of your refund to pay the back taxes. Here is the link to take you to the TurboTax products for 2015. 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

If you wait and file after your file your 2016 taxes, they will just send you a bill. At that time, you can either pay it (sometimes they will even waive the penalties if you ask politely) or set up a payment plan using the link below:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/online-payment-agreement-application

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LeeM
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What if my spouse did not file 2015 taxes?

There is no way to have your 2016 tax return pay his back taxes. However, if you wait to file your 2016 return until after he files his 2015 tax return, they will keep what he owes out of your refund.

I would advise him to go back and file his 2015 taxes. If he owes anything and they process it before they process your return, then they will take enough of your refund to pay the back taxes. Here is the link to take you to the TurboTax products for 2015. 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

If you wait and file after your file your 2016 taxes, they will just send you a bill. At that time, you can either pay it (sometimes they will even waive the penalties if you ask politely) or set up a payment plan using the link below:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/online-payment-agreement-application

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caparks
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What if my spouse did not file 2015 taxes?

Thank you so much!!
LeeM
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What if my spouse did not file 2015 taxes?

My pleasure! Have a great weekend!
SteamTrain
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What if my spouse did not file 2015 taxes?

Obviously an old old old post...but answering anyhow.

 

1) you don't put any his prior year (2015) tax information in the 2016 tax return you are now filing together.  His 2015 data income deductions etc, must still be filed in his own 2015 tax return.  You/HE buys the desktop 2015 tax software...prepare his 2015 taxes and file it by MAIL...no e-filing allowed for a long-past due tax return.  Your marriage in 2016 does not affect his filing status for 2015.   if he was single all of  2015, then he files single for 2015  (unless he was unmarried and had children dependents...then he can perhaps file as HOH (head of household).

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2) for anyone else in this situation, where the new spouse did not file taxes in the prior year, when e-filing current taxes, you would indicate the spouse who didn't file had an AGI of zero for the prior year's file.  Thus right NOW ...if this situation was for 2018 taxes, and the new spouse didn't file 2017 taxes ...the one spouse who filed in 2017 would have an AGI to enter in the final e-filing page, and the other spouse would enter a zero for the prior year AGI  (since they didn't file in 2017.....even if they caught up recently and mailed 2017 in...they would still use a zero)

*Answers are correct to the best of my knowledge when posted, but should not be considered to be legal or official tax advice.*
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