My spouse is not a U.S. person. Do I have to mail in my tax returns?
If your spouse is not a U.S. citizen or a Green Card holder, in most cases you will be required to file separately and must therefore send your return in by mail rather than filing electronically.
- If you obtain an ITIN for your spouse you may be able to e-file your returns. Please note that you do not have to file a joint return or declare your spouse’s income. If you would like to obtain an ITIN for your spouse we can file Form W-7 for you along with your tax return. Once your spouse has obtained an ITIN, you will still be able to file separately and your return will qualify for e-filing.
- The other option is that if you have a child you can obtain a U.S. Social Security number for them. This will allow you to file as Head of Household and your return will qualify for e-filing.