Have you tried filling in all zeros for him? Maybe it’s just a matter of satisfying the program’s need for input.[/quote]
No, I haven’t tried that. I should.
There was a Q&A section on the TurboTax site, which is the one I was working with, and it states that I am obligated to give a number for him, so I wonder if the forms would be rejected if I don’t give a ‘real’ number. That would be a nightmare! But I’ll try putting in all zeros if I don’t find any other solution.
It’s just annoying because he has nothing to do at all with the States, except for the fact that he is married to me. Roping him into the system is something we clearly want to avoid. I could understand if I were unemployed and dependent on him and we were investing heavily in real estate or whatever in the US, but that is not the case. It seems unfair to put him on the radar, if you know what I mean.[/quote]
Filing as married would mean reporting his income and may or may not get you larger tax breaks. I also thought it was silly to have to report my husband’s income as we didn’t live here, he had nothing at all to do with the States, as you state. I just didn’t file from Taiwan, as I didn’t owe anything anway. I’ve filed since I’ve been here, but when I asked, the first year back, about back filing for those years, the guy said that if I said I didn’t owe anything, and couldn’t prove I’d even had income (I could not), and wasn’t expecting anything back, then there really was no point in doing the paperwork. No one’s asked me any questions yet.[/quote]
That’s good to know. We are planning on buying some property in the US next year as an investment, so that’s why I’m getting my butt in gear and trying to file as far back as I need to. I would hate for something silly to happen!! But maybe filing for just the past few years will suffice (the last year I filed was 2000).
I was thrilled to learn that I didn’t need to provide ‘proof’ of overseas income. The thought of trying to get documents from Taiwan, especially now that I don’t even live there anymore, was doing my head in!