Dual status return and spouse


C

c.dexter.ward

I am about to file for the first time in the US and have
little knowledge of the process.

My wife and I arrived in the US last june. I am working but
my wife is not (and never worked here).

Do we HAVE TO file seperately? Since she has no income here,
she will not file anyway.

If we file seperately, how can I claim her as a dependent
(of me)?

Do we HAVE TO file dual status?
Is dual status the best option for us (in term of return of
course), given that, except we spent only 7 month in the US
in 2006, my situation is pretty simple (only one source of
taxable income).

Thanks in advance for your help.
Charles
 
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