I decided to start my taxes this weekend. I like to get them done early, e-file, and get the money back (if any) deposited directly into my accounts. Fast, easy, efficient.
Ran into a stumbling block this year-- I got married and to someone who isn't American and does not have a Social Security Number (SSN). Turns out that either a) we need to get her one, if possible, or b) we need to get her an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). From the looks of things, the ITIN will be the easier thing to get and I can turn in my taxes with the form that asks the IRS to procure her the number.
Now I require my wife to bend over backward to get me the necessary supporting documentation, get it back to me with the signed form, so I can do my taxes. And, of course, it is not like she's the least bit busy at work and at home these days. *sarcasm
I'm just glad I do my taxes early, otherwise we would be finding this information out at the last minute, I would have to file for an extension, and we would have to jump through even more hoops.
Our marriage and relationship is complicated enough as we struggle to be together and overcome those issues. We don't need other things like this cropping up. At least, from what she's said, her Canadian taxes are much simpler in this regard. For me, though, it is makes a huge monetary difference filing as Married as opposed to Single (and a big difference between Joint and Separate). So it is worth the hassle. Hopefully this time next year I will be in Canada, we will have all of this information, and filing will be simple. We'll see.
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