foreign dependent question - Taxes USA


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hans_sulu

My question is a little bit complicated so I hope you can help.

1.) I married a foreigner
2.) During the course of our marrage I sent her money to support her
3.) When she arrived in the US she aquired a social securiry card
4.) I supported her for 39 months
5.) This occurred less that two years ago
6.) we are no longer living together.

Can I declared the money I sent her on my income taxes?
I could not before since she did not have a SSN.

Thank you
 
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Bryan Kellar

hans_sulu said:
My question is a little bit complicated so I hope you can help.

1.) I married a foreigner
2.) During the course of our marrage I sent her money to support her
3.) When she arrived in the US she aquired a social securiry card
4.) I supported her for 39 months
5.) This occurred less that two years ago
6.) we are no longer living together.

Can I declared the money I sent her on my income taxes?
I could not before since she did not have a SSN.
Actually, you will not be able to deduct money you give to
your wife under any circumstances. There are some tax
issues you are not looking at, however:

1.) You are married. As such, you need to file your tax
return as either married-filing-jointly or
married-filing-separately.
2.) Any support will be taken into account with the personal
exemption you will receive when you file a joint return. In
the case of a spouse, you are not really "supporting" her in
the same way you would a dependent.
3.) The presence or absence of a Social Security number does
not change the facts of the case. Once she gets the SS
card, you would be able to go back and claim any benefits
due you on an amended return.
6.) While you might not be still living together, are you
still married? If so, you will still have to file as MFJ or
MFS, not single. One problem you have at the moment -- to
get the benefit of filing together, she would have to sign
the tax return. Sounds like you might have to do some work
to accomplish this.

Hope that helps some.

Bryan

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D. Stussy

hans_sulu said:
My question is a little bit complicated so I hope you can help.

1.) I married a foreigner
2.) During the course of our marrage I sent her money to support her
3.) When she arrived in the US she aquired a social securiry card
4.) I supported her for 39 months
5.) This occurred less that two years ago
6.) we are no longer living together.

Can I declared the money I sent her on my income taxes?
I could not before since she did not have a SSN.
No. At best, you get an exemption and a different tax rate
(MFJ), or you don't get an exemption and pay more now (MFS
rates).
 

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