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Innocent Spouse: Are You Being Pursued for Taxes You Know Nothing About?

  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 »

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 Are The Elements Of The Innocent Spouse Rule?

How to Get Out of a Joint Tax Debt Using Innocent Spouse If the IRS had a motto, it would definitely be show me the money. The Service will collect every dollar of tax revenue that it can using any means at its disposal. However, there are always exceptions, and the elements of the innocent… Read more »

Innocent Spouse Relief And Actual Knowledge

Proving lack of knowledge for IRS Innocent Spouse Relief can be challenging In most tax matters, such as tax fraud prosecutions, the IRS has the burden of proof. So, these matters are inherently difficult for the Service to prove. But in innocent spouse proceedings, the claimant has the burden of proof to establish innocence, which… 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 »

Innocent Spouse Relief Indications of Unfairness Explained

Filing for Innocent Spouse Relied can be a bit murky and rather frustrating and the IRS is very particular about the qualifiers.  The IRS takes into consideration all of the facts and circumstances in your case in order to determine whether or not it is unfair to hold you responsible for your spouse’s understated tax. … Read more »

What to do if your spouse has a tax liability that has nothing to do with you

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text] Claiming Innocent Spouse relief is one way that allows taxpayers to obtain relief from joint tax debt. If you are attempting to utilize this option, you will have to convince the IRS that holding you responsible for the tax debt is unfair. To be eligible for Innocent Spouse Relief, certain qualifications have… Read more »

My Spouse Screwed Me Over….Now What?

Making a Case for IRS Innocent Spouse Relief We have tried to drill it in hard that when you sign a return, you are responsible for everything that is on that return, regardless of who prepared it.  So it should come as no shock that the same applies for a joint return with your spouse…. 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 »