Here are some facts pertaining to my situation:
- I'm an international student on F-1 visa, and my wife joined me in US on a F-2 visa
- I tried to get a ITIN for her before filing my federal tax return this year, but could not due to circumstances not in my control. Since I'm not owing the IRS any taxes (but getting back a lot instead), I know I have 3 years to file my return, and wanted to wait till the ITIN number was issued.
- In the meantime, my wife got accepted in a graduate program at US, and she would be starting in Fall '15 - implying that she is now eligible to get her own SSN.
Question: Can I file my 2013 federal return once she gets her SSN, and show her as my dependent for the year 2013 and use her SSN instead of the ITIN number in the space provided ?
Otherwise, I'd have to make an ITIN application really quick before she applies for F-1 visa, and I'm afraid the ITIN application won't be completed before that.