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    Feb 4, 2006, 08:44 AM
    Dual Status: F1 to GC
    Good morning,

    My husband and I got our GC, but we were F1 until June'05.
    IRS pub 519 says that in our case, there is the 1st year choice : resident for the entire year, or NR for the 1st part and then resident (but then, no standard deductions, only itemized).
    Because, we had scholarship grants (exempt thanks to a tax treaty), we investigate whether it's best to file dual status. (but we have to file: married filing separately for the NR form)

    My question is:
    Is it possible to file married filing separately for the NR form ( for the 1st part of the year), and then filing jointly for the resident part of the year ?

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    Feb 4, 2006, 10:44 PM

    If you file dual-status or non-resident, you cannot file jointly, because you have to file separate dual-status returns.

    You have to file as a resident to file Married Filing Jointly.

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