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Category: General Questions

I am married. What AGI do I enter for me and what AGI do I enter for my spouse?

If you are married, the IRS requires you to enter a prior year AGI for both you and your spouse if you wish to file electronically. What numbers you enter really depend on how you filed your return last year. The AGIs entered must match exactly what would be listed on the IRS prior year records for each SSN for your return to be accepted.

You and Your Current Spouse Filed "Married Filing Jointly" Last Year: If you filed your federal return last year with the filing status "Married Filing Jointly", then you are going to put the same number for both your AGI and your spouse's AGI. Even if your spouse did not earn any money last year, if you filed jointly, the IRS sees you as a single taxable entity, and you have the same AGI.

You and Your Current Spouse Filed "Married Filing Separately" Last Year: If you filed "Married Filing Separately" last year, you would enter the different AGIs from each individual's prior year return. By filing separately, you each had to file a return, so you each should have a separate AGI on file with the IRS. For each person's prior year AGI, be sure to enter exactly what the IRS would have on file from the return you filed for your Social Security Number. If either of you did not file a return last year, you would simply enter "0" for that person's prior year AGI.

You and Your Current Spouse Were Not Married When You Filed Last Year: You would follow the same instructions as those individuals you filed Married Filing Separately last year. You would need to enter the different AGIs from each individual's prior year return. Each of you should have filed a return, so you each should have a separate AGI on file with the IRS. For each person's prior year AGI, be sure to enter exactly what the IRS would have on file from the return you filed for your Social Security Number. If either of you did not file a return last year, you would simply enter "0" for that person's prior year AGI.

**AGI stands for Adjusted Gross Income. This can be found on: