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Filing a joint tax return when a partner has back taxes

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Getting married means that you will share your life with your spouse in a lot of ways including your finances. With that being said, it is not uncommon to find spouses that did not talk about their finances before saying ‘I do’. This may bring about some unprecedented problems such as finding out that your… Read more »

What Is The Innocent Spouse Rule’s Equity Requirement?

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Definition of Innocent Spouse Rule’s Equity Requirement In previous blogs we have covered innocent spouse relief and its three objective requirements for approval (understatement of liability, no actual knowledge, and less than two years from the first collection activity).  But if the IRS really wanted to split hairs and deny innocent spouse claims, they could… Read more »

What If I Don’t Meet The Innocent Spouse Test?

Alternatives to Innocent Spouse for relief from joint tax debt Anyone who has ever seen a Cops rerun knows that, in criminal court, defendants are innocent until proven guilty. But in tax court, taxpayers are essentially owe what the IRS says they owe until they prove their innocence. Establishing this innocence is not easy. Even… Read more »

IRS Innocent Spouse Relief: Three Different Variations

A Quick Discussion on the 3 IRS Innocent Spouse Relief Programs In this post, we will describe each type of relief to available to a married taxpayer who filed a joint tax return with their spouse, all commonly referred to as IRS Innocent Spouse.   Both taxpayers are jointly and severally liable for the tax and… Read more »