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Unfortunately your husband is correct. Even if no signature is required, you cannot file his taxes or joint return without his consent. Once filed jointly, you cannot amend it to file a separate return. If your husband insist on filing his own return, he can go ahead and file a separate return. You will be contacted by the IRS to verify the filing status. I would suggest to contact the IRS and try to explain that you didn't purposely tried to file a fraudulent tax return and you simply did what you always did before. You will need to refile your return as filing separate. But do not file anything until you talk to the IRS or get a letter from the IRS. If you file another return it will be automatically rejected.