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My spouse is in the Military residing in a different state. In which, he filed his taxes as married filing jointly.

Stone Mountain, GA |
Filed under: Tax law

However, I did not give him permission to file me. I found this information out through the IRS when my return was rejected in which I filed single. Can he get in trouble with for his actions?

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The Internal Revenue Service has a procedure which addresses this situation. I would suggest you review information at


He can not file a return that is joint without your signature. You cannot file as single, only married filing jointly or married filing separately. You can paper file your return so that it will be accepted. You should also notify the IRS that you were improperly filed as MFJ.

Any individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response provides information that is general in nature and not specific to any person's unique situation. Circular 230 Disclaimer - Advice given in this response cannot be used to eliminate penalties with the IRS or any other governmental agency.

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