Rockford, IL asked in Social Security and Tax Law for Wisconsin

Q: How to file taxes using 2 different socials the same year?

My husband overstayed his visa, he was originally using a fake social. I told him to use his real social. He got a new job and put down his real social in November. Now, we’re wondering how to go about filing our taxes together jointly when he used two different socials in the same year. Any advice would be great. We’re not concerned about “getting more money back” we want to do things the right way.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Answered
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: People who create more than one SSN during their working lives are probably unaware that doing so hurts the person--because the contributions are split between the several different accounts--and they can only use one account to draw SS on later. In this case I suggest that your husband use his correct SSAN--and then stay with it.

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
Answered
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO

A: Use form 4852 (Link below) to correct the incorrect W2. Attach the incorrect W2 to the return.

I would strongly suggest you hire a tax attorney before you make a statement to the IRS or state tax agency.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4852.pdf

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