I am here on an F-1 visa, my wife is here on an F-2 (both non-resident). My wife doesn't have income, but I do. I think my wife did not have to file tax return but she did and we filed separately.
My wife doesn't have a SSN and is not eligible for one. Now she has received a letter from IRS saying that "we have received your tax return but we need your SSN. If you are not eligible for SSN you have to file form W-7 to get an ITIN".
- She did not need to file tax return since she doesn't have income, right?
- Does she have to get an ITIN now that she filed tax return, or is it possible to somehow cancel the tax return (as she doesn't have to file it)?
- If she wants to apply for ITIN, according to W-7 instructions, she has to send her original passport to the IRS, is this a safe and routine procedure?