You will have to get the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number "ITIN" for your husband.
To obtain an ITIN, you must complete IRS Form W-7, IRS Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (PDF) . The Form W-7 requires documentation substantiating foreign/alien status and true identity for each individual.
You can process your application through an Acceptance Agent authorized by the IRS.
Or, each ITIN applicant must now:
For more detailed information on ITINs, refer to:
I hope this helps for gettting the ITN before or as you file your return.
Thank you for your reply. I also found this information on the web however, what got me stuck was the fact that my husband does NOT work. He is not disabled or elderly or anything like that. He has just been unemployed (kind of hard to find work without a social security number).
Anyways, in order to apply for a ITIN # XXXXX want, like you said, a federal income tax return attached to the application. I believe this to be like a W2 form; proof of your earning for the year. Please let me know if I am wrong.
So... where does that put me know. How do I file now?
You should attach the W-7 and documentation to your joint 1040 when you mail it in.
Or, you can take the documentation and W-7 to an Acceptance Agent authorized by the IRS.
I hope this helps to clarify for you.