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Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you today. I am a tax adviser with over 15 years of experience.If your spouse does not live with you then you have the choice of Married filing separate or head of household. You can choose to file joint. Since your wife does not have income then your tax would not be higher and you would be using your spouse's exemption too.
You did not say if your spouse is a US citizen. Generally, you cannot file as married filing jointly if either spouse was a nonresident alien at any time during the tax year. However, nonresident aliens married to U.S. citizens or residents can choose to be treated as U.S. residents and file joint returns. So if you are a resident alien or citizen then filing joint may be better.
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She is a us citizen but not living in the country.
What happens if the spouse is a resident alien and still not living in the country.
The options would not change.
So we cannot use the MFJ status
Yes, the MFJ is an option as long as both wish to file joint
my question is on the physical presence requirement
any specific no of days she has to be in the states to qualify for the mfj status
If one is a citizen or resident then joint is allowed even if the other spouse is not in the US
days in the US are for residency but that is overlooked as long as one is a citizen or resident
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