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What is Form 8379?
Use Form 8379 when the overpayment on your jointly filed tax return was, or is expected to be, applied (offset) to a past-due obligation of your spouse.
By filing Form 8379, you (the injured spouse) may be able to get back your share of the joint refund.
The IRS advises that you should allow an additional eleven weeks to process your return, leading to similar delays in any refund you are due.
Do not file Form 8379 if you are claiming innocent spouse relief. For more information, see Innocent Spouse Relief.
Entering Form 8379 into TurboTax
Don't worry! When you use TurboTax to prepare your taxes, we’ll ask you questions about your tax situation, figure out how what forms you need to file, and fill them out for you.
If you've already gone through the TurboTax step-by-step interview and want to jump directly to the entry screen for Form 8379, follow these steps.
- Select Federal Taxes (Personal in the Home & Business edition).
In Online TurboTax, click the bars at the upper left corner to show Federal Taxes on the selection list; enlarge the screen if needed to show the left side selection list.
- Select Other Tax Situations.
- Scroll down the Other Tax Situations screen to the Other Tax Forms Group.
- Click the Start/Update button to the right of the Miscellaneous Tax Forms Category.
- Click on the Start/Update button to the right of the Report an injured or innocent spouse claim Category.
- Follow the prompts.
If you need to correct or change any information you have entered on your Form 8379, the steps you take depends on if you have already filed your tax return.
- If you have yet to file your return, simply follow the navigation instructions above, and correct or change your information.
- If you have already filed your return and the IRS has accepted your return, you will need to amend your return. Refer to How to amend a return you already filed.
For questions about printing, refer to Print or Save a copy of your tax return.