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Whether you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer or doing your own taxes for the first time, this is your place to learn and share. Here you’ll find information and resources for using H&R Block’s online and software DIY solutions. You’ll also find links to more information to assist you on your DIY journey.

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Registered: ‎01-28-2018
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nonresident spouse residency

My husband is a non US resident. not live in US, no SSN. I would like to file married separately. H&R block online ask to choose a state my husband live in on Dec 31 2017 but there's no option for foreign address. Now I cannot proceed to next step unless I pick one state in US for my husband. 

Help!~

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Registered: ‎01-08-2018

Re: nonresident spouse residency

Hello a214366952,

 

Welcome to H&R Block Community.

 

In the H&R Block online program, on the screen that asks about which state the spouse lived in as of Dec 31, 2017, scroll down to the very bottom of the dropdown list and find the option for "Foreign Country." Select the Foreign Country option, click the Next button, and you should be able to proceed with the rest of the tax program.

 

If you have any other questions, I'll be glad to help.

 

Lawrence,

Tax Research Specialist

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Pioneer
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Registered: ‎02-11-2018

Re: nonresident spouse residency

i was able to select but still there's a portion that prevents me from moving forward. is there a code i can place to move forward "ie. NRA?)

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Posts: 253
Registered: ‎01-08-2018

Re: nonresident spouse residency

Hello blaguesma,

 

Welcome to H&R Block Community.

 

In regards to placing the NRA (nonresident alien) code on the married filing separate return, after you select the "married filing separate" filing status and filled out the personal information screen about yourself, on the personal information screen about the spouse called "Tell us about your spouse," leave the Social Security Number (SSN) box blank and hit Next. Then, you should see the next screen called "We need your spouse's SSN."  On this screen, you select the option for "Spouse isn't a U.S. citizen".  Hit Next a few times and that should allow you to generate the tax return in showing "NRA" in the SSN box for the nonresident alien spouse.

 

If you continue to have issues with this, you can contact Product Support in one of the following ways:
- For telephone support, call 1 (855) 897-8639
- For support via our online chat system, follow the steps in this link:

 

Regards,

 

Lawrence
Tax Research Specialist

Valued Pioneer
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Registered: ‎03-27-2018

Re: nonresident spouse residency

"Hit Next a few times and that should allow you to generate the tax return in showing "NRA" in the SSN box for the nonresident alien spouse."

 

I did this way but at the end I'm getting same issue: "The Social Security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) is missing or is invalid for the spouse. You can't file electronically with this number."

 

Did anyone "generate" NRA for SSN field? It seems you can't file electronically neither by HR block.

 

Associate (Pioneer)
Posts: 253
Registered: ‎01-08-2018

Re: nonresident spouse residency

Hello greenusa,

 

You should be able to see the NRA in the SSN field on the federal return when you select the options to print and preview a PDF file of the return itself.

 

As pointed out in the following link here, it is implied that any returns with the NRA marked in the SSN must be paper filed.

Also, according to the IRS website on returns not eligible for IRS E-file, "The IRS cannot electronically process tax returns with rare or unusual processing conditions or that exceed the specifications for returns allowable in IRS e-file." The usual processing conditions in e-filing tax returns is when the SSN field is filled out with an actual tax ID number, such as the SSN. Anything where the "NRA" is mentioned in the SSN field, this is considered as something outside of the IRS E-file specifications for e-filing the return and thus the return must be printed and mailed over.


Regards,

 

Lawrence
Tax Research Specialist