I married woman in July 2009 that does not have legal status. We are trying to get in the process of getting her a legal status if possible, but in the meantime, will it hurt our progress for me to file married / jointly on my taxes?
We lived together in WI, for all of 2009, and she did not work for two reasons. She stayed home to care for our baby, and we thought best that she stop working without authorization, if we are trying to make things right.
Hope this is enough info to help.
You will need to get her a taxpayer identification number to file a joint return. The IRS encourages illegals to get a TIN and does not share the information with immigration. Then you can file as married filing jointly.
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Actually it is recommended to file joint taxes. See our legal guide on our website for marriage petitions. Please contact a good lawyer for other possible issues.
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