Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/foreign spouse


can i claim my spouse from the Philippines .and how do i go about doing it she has no income i have supported her all year and have kept all the receipts and is any of the visa [process fees ] tax deductible ?

Dear William,

You can claim exemption for the Non-Resident spouse but you would have to apply for ITIN number for her.

Please see for details.

I hope this helps,
I.J.Zemelman, EA

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