It is the right of the IRS to seek payment for debt you owe to the government, but it can be difficult going up against the IRS alone. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to take advantage of knowledgeable, experienced, and professional tax attorneys. Not only will you receive expert guidance, but it could… Read more »
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Once you receive a Notice of Intent to Levy from the IRS, a bank levy or other enforced collection action is imminent. You need to take action immediately if you want to avoid having the money in your bank account seized and applied to your tax debt.
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 »
A significant number of couples choose to file joint taxes to mainly take advantage of the higher standard deductions and other benefits that married couples enjoy. However, most of these couples do not understand the legal ramifications that come with the joint-filing status. The government, for example, is allowed to come after either spouse… Read more »
Bankruptcy and the IRS Bankruptcy may temporarily delay collection activities by the IRS. However, some types of tax debt are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, so the IRS may be able to resume their collection efforts once the automatic stay is lifted.
What happens if my spouse files for Innocent Spouse Relief? When the IRS grants innocent spouse relief to one spouse, it effectively shifts all the responsibility onto the other spouse. Instead of being able to go after either or both spouses for the amounts from a joint return, the IRS will only be able to… Read more »
Steps to File For Innocent Spouse Relief The IRS requires taxpayers to follow two steps to apply for innocent spouse relief: Submit a completed Form 8857, Request of Innocent Spouse Relief Attach a statement explaining why you qualify for relief However, meeting these requirements is anything but simple. Form 8857 is long and requires detailed… Read more »
Typically, taxpayers who file joint returns are both responsible for the entire tax, interest, and penalties associated with that return. Innocent spouse relief can provide one spouse with an exception to the general rule of joint and several liability. For example, say your spouse earned all of the income and claimed all the deductions and… Read more »