If you are stuck in situation in which you are being held financially responsible for your spouse’s tax debt, you have options to gain relief. The IRS has a program designed to evaluate your situation and determine if you can be released from this financial obligation that your spouse caused. Unfortunately, pleading your case to the IRS is difficult, as it is extensive to prove that you are not financially responsible, and the IRS grants this type of relief on a strict case-by-case basis.
If you filed your taxes with your spouse under the Married, Filing Jointly classification, it is hard to prove that you qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief from the tax debt your spouse may have unwittingly caused because both you and your spouse were required to sign the tax return to verify accuracy before submittal. Some of the eligibility requirements that you must meet include, but is not limited to:
- The tax situation was caused by errors from the other spouse,
- You had no knowledge and no reason to know that there was an error caused by your spouse when the tax return was signed,
- It would be wrong and unfair for you to be held liable for the tax error.
Even if you get your request for Innocent Spouse Relief rejected, you may still qualify for Partial Innocent Spouse Relief, depending on how your case was negotiated and argued. Hiring a licensed tax attorney to assist you in filing for Innocent Spouse and arguing your case to them will help you gain a higher rate of potential success than doing it alone. At Justice Tax, LLC, we have helped thousands of individuals attain the financial relief from their spouse’s tax burdens. Give us a call at 888-545-6007 for a no cost, no obligation consultation and we will help you find a resolution for your tax situation.