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My wife and I are separated and not in speaking terms. This

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My wife and I are separated and not in speaking terms. This would have been our first joint return but in light of the situation that wont happen. Can I file Married Filing Separately for my Fed and CALIFORNIA state returns if I dont have her SSN? What would I enter in the SSN space? Is eFiling a possibility if these fields are left blank?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.

You will not be able to e-file your return without her social security number. Your only option is paper file your return. Most softwares will allow you prepare and print your return without the SS#. You will have to write "unknown" in the blank space.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you! I will do that. Just curious. Is this common or should I anticipate push back for IRS or California?
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

It is not common but as long as you do your best, ***** ***** CA will not reject your return. Sometimes certain information is just not readily available. You are better off filing a return without social security number than not filing it at all. You can include a short cover letter explaining why you cannot get her social security number.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

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