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I’m moving to California on an L1 visa soon. My wife will also be traveling with me. We have the following in mind:

  • She travels to US with me.
  • Applies for the EAD work permit and comes back to India.
  • Resumes her job in India until she actually gets the work permit.
  • Once she get’s the work permit, she quits her job in India, travels back to the US, and tries to find a job there.

I have 2 questions:

  1. What tax benefits do I get if I have a non working spouse ?

  2. Do I get these benefits for the duration that she is not in the US but back in our native country and has a job there ?

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What tax benefits do I get if I have a non working spouse ?

None

Do I get these benefits for the duration that she is not in the US but back in our native country and has a job there ?

N/A

  • I thought you can claim her as a dependant? I do that. – Aganju Jun 21 '16 at 22:53
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    @Aganju how does her employment status affect your claiming her as a dependent? – littleadv Jun 22 '16 at 2:45
  • @Aganju: A spouse can never be a dependent. You can file jointly with your spouse. Or, if you file separately, you can claim an exemption for your spouse if your spouse doesn't file and doesn't have income. – user102008 Jun 28 '16 at 21:01

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