“Getting rid of joint tax debt from an ex-spouse can be another difficult part of the process of separating or divorce. Luckily, the IRS has Innocent Spouse Relief programs that may be helping relief you from an underreporting or underpayment of tax with an ex. ”
- Alyssa Maloof Whatley
Beware of complications.
Even if this feels like your situation, Innocent Spouse Relief can still be hard to come by from the IRS because the rules surrounding granting it are complicated and subjective. Before attempting to petition the IRS to open an innocent spouse investigation, speak to a qualified tax attorney about your specific situation and explore all your available options.
What Qualifies Me For Innocent Spouse Relief?
There are three types of innocent spouse relief available from the IRS:
Under each type of relief, there is a complicated set of broadly deﬁned and subjective standards that need to be met to qualify. From not having “reason to know,” to domestic abuse, to future compliance are all considerations made during an innocent spouse investigation.
Though the investigation itself is facts-based, the interpretation of those facts is often up to the individual investigator. Each year, many apply for Innocent Spouse Relief and very few have their requests granted.
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