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Social Security number to use for estimated tax payments?

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A husband and wife currently file jointly.  In 2019, the wife started a job classified as a "statutory employee" and no federal income tax is withheld from her pay, therefore, they would like to make quarterly estimated income tax payments in 2019.  Questions are:

1. If they use the payment options on the IRS web site (Direct Pay or Pay By Credit/Debit Card), would the estimated tax payments be entered using only the wife's social security number (since it relates to her job income)?  

2. If it asks for both, should the wife's be listed first, then the husband's (the tax return shows the opposite - the husband's first, then the wife's)?  

3. If both are listed and then the couple decide to file separately for 2019, how will these estimated payments get credited to the wife if both social security numbers are used (or if the husband's social shown first/primary)?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

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1. Not necessarily. Is she planning a divorce before the end of the year. If filing joint, either number will work.

2. If filing joint, either number will work.

3. If they file separately there is a mechanism to point to the other spouse as the one who's SSN was on the payment. Even if there is a remarriage.


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1. Not necessarily. Is she planning a divorce before the end of the year. If filing joint, either number will work.

2. If filing joint, either number will work.

3. If they file separately there is a mechanism to point to the other spouse as the one who's SSN was on the payment. Even if there is a remarriage.


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