Until you have a green card and will be a tax resident, you are considered a Nonresident Alien (NRA). As an NRA you will not have to report your income earned before you move unless you and your spouse elect to file Married Filing Jointly (MFJ). Your spouse will have the option to file separately using the less favorable Married Filing Separately Status (MFS) and not include your income earned prior to the move for the year.
You may weigh the options and select the one that results in the lowest tax.
Married Filing Jointly with a nonresident alien spouse
If you choose this option, you will include ALL of your worldwide income on the joint tax return. This income will then be subject to US tax. However, you may be able to take credits for any taxes you paid on the foreign income.
To file jointly with your spouse, you will also need to make an election to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes (this does not affect immigration status in any way.)
To do this, attach a statement to your return, signed by both of you that states that one of you is a US citizen, and the other is a nonresident alien and that you are electing to both be treated as US residents for tax purposes. Include the full name and address of each spouse on this letter, as well as any social security numbers (you may not yet have one.)
You must also apply for an ITIN to use the MFJ filing status, if the spouse isn't yet eligible for a social security number.
Once you make the election to treat a nonresident alien as a resident for tax purposes, this election stays in effect until it is suspended or revoked. Also, it is a once-in-a lifetime election for the nonresident alien. Once revoked, the nonresident alien spouse cannot elect to be treated as a resident in the future, even if married to someone else.
The other option is to file separately.
Married Filing Separately with a nonresident alien spouse
If you do not elect to be treated as a resident for tax purposes, you do not have to include your income on your return. However, you will have a lower standard deduction, and you may not be able to claim certain other tax benefits.
With this status filing for an ITIN or social security number is not required, but the return will need to be printed and mailed this year in order to either apply for the ITIN or to file without it.
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One way that you can check to see what might be on file for you in the IRS database is to take a look at your transcript found here: IRS Transcripts.
I would also suggest that you file Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit along with your mailed-in return, or separately if you've already mailed it.
I am sorry for the trouble that you're experiencing trying to file your return.
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This message comes from the IRS Servers, not the TurboTax program. Once a social security number is "used" in the e-File system, another return containing that social security number cannot be filed. There is no workaround. You will have to print the return and mail it.
The most common reason for this to occur for tax year 2019 is when a taxpayer has incorrectly filled out the nonfiler form for the economic impact payment ("stimulus check") previously.
Other reasons can include being listed as a dependent of another taxpayer or, occasionally, identity theft.
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