I am running into a problem with college financial aid and I am at a loss at how to fix it. I am an American and I married a Canadian. My Canadian husband and I are 100 percent estranged and we do not speak to each other. I don’t even know where he is.
We have been separated for going on three years (I will not pay for a divorce. I can’t afford it). I can prove that I have been 100 percent responsible for all my own bills since we separated.
He has never had residency in the State of NC. I did allow him to claim me since he did support me for 11 months of the 2011 tax period as I had no income that year. We separated in November at the end of the month. We had no property or children and the separation of my possessions and his was simple and easy. When I filed my tax returns for the 2012 and 2013 tax years I was told to file single by HR Block and ironically the IRS. The reason being that we lived apart and I was clearly my own soul support.
The college is now telling me that because I am married that I need to either do an amended tax return or get a separation maintenance agreement. I can’t file an amended because they want to know what his ITN or SSN number is which he doesn’t have and I don’t know where he is at and since his family hated me from the moment they laid eyes on me they won’t talk to me. I’m not exaggerating on the hate. They gave me a jar of peanuts for Christmas knowing that I am severely allergic.
So I am asking if there is a statute that states that I do not have to have a formal separation maintenance agreement in order to file single on my tax return what it is. If I need to get one, can I get it so that it covers the entire time I have been separated, and finally if I still need to get one since I can’t find the procedure anywhere online. I’d love to pay the law office to do the work but I can’t even afford the medication for my multiple sclerosis. A lawyer is out of the question.
HR Block tried to tell the college that I did nothing wrong and that if they had any other client come to them with the identical situation I was in that they would tell them to file single as well.